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I am convinced that if we love someone, we literally exchange pieces of our souls. So then, even if one is no longer with us in bodily form, part of their Soul- their Spirit, now lives on in our hearts and through our lives.The Spirits and Legacies of those we’ve loved and lost have now merged with ours. In truth, they haven’t been lost and they haven’t left us- they ARE us! And Only Together, Will We SHINE FOREVER!!
You and I are elementally a combination of cells, bones and tissues fused together by an Almighty Hand, but also built of the Spirits of those who have loved us in the past. They have shaped us, strengthened us, and guided us to the exact place we are at this moment. And they have also helped to create the opportunity which Life now presents. In truth, the future impact of the things we do today, and the thumbprint which we leave for the World are ultimately far more important than these things in themselves- and how they benefit us personally here and now. So along with my Faith, I feel that the most important reason for our existance is the Legacy that each of us will leave behind. And this has always been the case. Therefore, the Legacies of passed loved ones are contingent upon each decision that you and I make today. On how far the ripples spread as a result of our splash. In fact, the ripples from their former lives continue to spread through the waters we stir up.
(I sometimes picture myself as a Spirit, released from my bodily form. In Heaven, or looking down, or walking alongside, or- as I’m proposing- living in the hearts and through the lives of a loved one still on this Earth. I would be pleading with them to squeeze out every last drop of Life and live for what they believe in, all while advancing, honoring, and expanding upon my Legacy. To validate the life I once lived in ways which I had missed.) So with this image in mind, I still wake up each morning, stumble into the shower, pour myself a large cup of Folgers, and step out to live my life- while trying to keep in mind my responsibility to live up to my full Potential for this day. Responsibility to myself, to God, and to the Spirits who also rely upon me. Our full Potentials- nothing more, nothing less- are the only real expectations of us. If we could each achieve THAT….the possibilities are endless. The World would undoubtedly be changed. And we have great support structures backing us- loved ones living through us, who guide us and drive us…… to SUCCESS. To PEACE. To JOY. TO SHINE FOREVER!!
As for those who have passed on, their love for us doesn’t die with their physical bodies, in the same way as our lasting love for them. And I can only imagine that as they follow our lives, in their own mysterious way, that they want Joy, Peace, and Fulfillment for us. But they don’t want us to move On. That would be the wrong word. Rather they want us to Move Forward. They wish for us to Live again, to Love again, and to retain our driving Hopes and Ambitions. They want us to move Forward with the lessons that we learned with them, with their Spirits inside of us, and with their full Blessing. And we must always remember, what we do with our lives is a continuation of their Legacy.
In the End, Life moves On, but Love moves Forward. Just like we need each other on this Earth during our lives, we continue to lean on each other even after death. We exist with and for each other…..always! ONLY TOGETHER, WILL WE SHINE FOREVER!!
*** This post is dedicated to ‘Team Sandoval’. It was written to my brave colleague Gael Sandoval in honor of her “late” husband Ricky Sandoval, who passed from this Earth on 7-2-2009 after a long and courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Ricky, Gael- you did NOT lose that battle!! I thank God for Ricky and Gael Sandoval.