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It's always easier to leave than to be left.

By samgreco - Posted on 08 December 2008

Unfortunately for me & all of you reading this, we find ourselves in the "left" category, as we endure the first holiday season without our friend and brother Jeremy by our sides.

To say it's been a "rough" last six months would be an understatement. To try and pretend like there isn't a piece of me missing would be a lie. The fact is, no matter what season it is, Jeremy's not here, and for some reason I am. The fact that it's the holidays really just accentuates the normal everyday feelings of grief and loss I've been dealing with since June.

So what do I do? Do I lament the obvious? Do I just resign myself to the misery?

May it never be!

The fact is, no matter how I write it, speak it, think it or present it - He's gone. He's not coming back.  More importantly - one day I'm going to be gone, and so are you.
Mortality is not optional, we are all tethered to the bonds of time.

Religious affiliations aside - we are all on our way out. When it is your time to go, there are two things you can do about it - watch & nothing. Every minute of every day we are one breath closer to our last. The length of time you have, and moment that it's run out will remain a mystery to us all until we take that journey - and for that I'm grateful. Because that means I'm not accountable for when I'm going to leave, just for what I do while I'm here.

So the question becomes; "what do you do with the time you've been given?"

We live. We love. We hope and then we give that life, love & hope away - to everyone we know and even to those we don't.  Jeremy understood this time tested principle - and even though it wasn't born from his wisdom, he knew enough to live it like it was.

His legacy, his heart, his passion - these things are all still here. Like shadows, they exist in the light of everything we do to  keep the true spirit of his life alive. That's what we do, we continue to be good stewards of the gifts that those who have gone before us have left in their absence. 

My encouragement to all of you, is that like it or not, we are all on our way out - act accordingly.

With any grace, may we all be remembered by those we know and love, with the heart, soul we remember Jeremy with because that's how you'll know the time you were allotted here was spent well.

Live out loud, laugh as often as possible and love like there is no tomorrow.

I hope you all have a happy holiday.

                                                                           - Rikk


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