Celebration of Life Before Death
Would you do me a favor? If you are my true friend and you really love me? Celebrate me before I die. No really, I mean it. I will appreciate a tribute much more if I can hear it. Now, I’m not saying that I am looking for praise and accolades but if I have touched your life or made a difference in some small way … tell me now.
It’s sad … no, it’s more than sad … it is pitiful that we celebrate people more after they die than we do when they are alive. I recently went to a funeral where they paid tribute to a great man but being dead he wasn’t there to hear it. Why is it that we celebrate and pay tribute to people after they have died? There is no doubt that it would be much more appreciated if you told them how they touched your life before death takes them into eternity and the only people that get to hear it are those that they left behind.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to hear what people thought of you now … right now? How you touched a life today? One of my favorite things to do is celebrate people. Celebrating other people is something that should be done with excellence and more than just gifts … we should celebrate them with our words. Writing a tribute to someone that you love is one of the greatest gifts that you can give them while you and they are alive.
When was the last time that you told someone how special they are to you just because they are a part of your life? When have you ever told them that their smile makes your day a little brighter? Or their laugh makes you want to giggle with joy? Or that when they walk into a room it still takes your breath away? And, why haven’t you told them?
Death comes so softly at times ... it sneaks into the room and takes that which you thought would be there for yet a little while longer. At that moment, it becomes too late to tell them that they made your life worth living or that they are the best friend you ever had or that you are so glad that they are your sister or you are proud of them for growing into a wonderful person. Don’t wait until it’s too late and live with the regret of saying nothing.
So, if you don’t mind … if you would please ... celebrate me before I die and celebrate them too.