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If the shear creativity, wisdom and beauty of the people who are in my life could be harnessed into a single beam of light, it would shine brighter than the sun. If directed toward creating peace throughout the entire world, it could be accomplished in the blinking of an eye.

But that won’t happen. That isn’t the plan. Instead, these people are in my life to journey along with me and brighten my little corner of the world and show me how I can have peace. Some of them passed through so quickly, just dropping a lesson that was required of me to learn and some are in for the long haul. Each one of them is greater than the sum total. Each has a gift so precious and so necessary to my life that if I had not known them, I would be so very incomplete.

Am I, in turn, part of their journey … do I bring a message or a lesson as they do for me? I don’t know the answer to that but I pray I am at least a worthy part of their lives.

I don’t think they are aware of their impact or have foreknowledge of this plan that was created especially for me. They go about their lives as naturally as can be, never stopping to realize their importance. One thing though that they all have in common is that they live life to its fullest, swallow the last drop, consume every morsel and envision all that can be. Many create that which was not in existence before. They all paint the scenes that others can not see, whether with their words, music or with the particular gift they have been given.

They are the originals, the first editions and the unique who breathe life into my soul and lead me to an oasis when I have gone off course and find myself in a desert place that quickly tries to hold me until all that is left is my worthless carcass. They have an uncanny way of being just where I need them to be so that when I arrive they have already cleared that spot, made it bearable and most importantly, passable.

They show, rather than tell, how to survive great loss and how to celebrate the tremendous beauty that is all around, just waiting to be noticed. Some personify inanimate objects and thereby show me how to view my surroundings with appreciation and they do this either with photos snapped at the perfect instant or with the pictures their words create in my spirit, or sometimes, a melody that lies harmlessly some place in the back of my brain until it plays quite unexpectedly and dissolves the veil between now and what was then.

I have the finest of God’s creations on this path with me right now and if they depart for places I can not follow, I will try to remember that there have been others who did not remain but still they touched my life, my heart, and remain a close memory. One, who is with me now, showed me how we let go with grace and love for those who depart. Another showed me how to live life in such a way that others will be able to let go in the same manner when it is my turn to depart.

The One who knows the end from the beginning is the choreographer and I only need align my will with His. He has placed more than one person in my life to help me realize this and they are kept busy showing me this truth. I am flawed, as we all are and tend to take back difficulties that I have laid at the feet of God, as if I have a better plan.

It was in talking with Him that these words came to me to be shared. It is time to express my love for these people and my genuine gratitude for their friendship and the extraordinary comfort and true joy they deposit in my life on a regular basis. If you are reading this, you are probably one of the many that I will not name, but who should know who they are. If I attempted to name each and every one the list would stretch across oceans … actually the silent list does that already.

I love you my friends and family.

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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

We love you back.


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Very beautiful this is Phoenix, and you are most definitely my inspiration, and I love you back too. You are precious in my heart forever. God Bless You, And Your Wonderful Family.


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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

And we love you right back Sherry. :) *hugs


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Oh Pooh! I am sitting here with tears in my eyes. Love and hugs, to one who always inspires. :-)


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Poohgranma 4 years ago from On the edge Author

Oh no don't you cry pretty lady. I was just expressing gratitude for all of you wonderful people! Love and hugs back at you!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 4 years ago

Poohgramma, BEAUTIFUL! You have inspired me with your tenacity, transparency, and devotion to Gary.... As you well stated: " The One who knows the end from the beginning is the choreographer and I only need align my will with His. He has placed more than one person in my life to help me realize this and they are kept busy showing me this truth. I am flawed, as we all are and tend to take back difficulties that I have laid at the feet of God, as if I have a better plan." AMEN! May our Heavenly Father continue to encourage you and keep you as you continue on your journey together!

Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Mercy, Joy, Peace, Hugs , Joy & Blessings!


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

I came across this wonderful legacy of kind words and thoughts to your true friends. I know Sherry we are at great distance and far apart, yet you my friend have been a friend since we both started follwoing one another. I wish for you all the happiness that life can bring and know that its not easy for you with the illness in your family and Gary's situation. Be at peace my dear and always remember that there are people that surround our hearts and soul that we don't know of. Like angels they are there whispering in the shadows and guiding our own very souls. You my dear have scribed a masterpiece here and a legacy that will be read by all the people who love you. Let us remain soul lovers from afar and remember you inspire me with your gifts of friendship. Hugs


AudraLeigh 4 years ago

You too are an "original"!

You too are the "first editions"

You too an are the "unique who breathes life into my soul"

You are one of the most gifted writers I have ever seen! Not just because you are my friend, just you are!

This is what humanity is all about!


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Poohgranma 4 years ago from On the edge Author

Oh Audra, if everyone felt the way you do I would be on the Top Ten Seller's list ... ha ha ha You are an extraordinary writer and even more extraordinary friend. I thank God for you every day!


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HoneyBB 4 years ago from Illinois

Wow...eloquently spoken and such a tribute to your friends near and far. You're a great writer! What a beautiful way to show your gratitude and appreciation and what an awesome observer you are. Thanks for sharing. Voted+++


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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

What beautiful words! I love the way you said this, so gracefully and loving! Thank you for sharing! Up++


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Poohgranma 4 years ago from On the edge Author

HoneyBB and btrbell - thank you both so much for reading and commenting. I really am so grateful for the people who have come and gone from my life and the ones that are still here. I recently have a couple of new ones entering as the cycle continues. Each, is an absolute treasure.

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