LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE
Today was the Celebration of Life for the daughter of a dear friend. Her girl had bravely fought brain cancer for several years, now her battle was over.
Though we lived in different states at times, my friend and I kept in touch over the years. Her daughter had been one of my piano students during her elementary years. It always made me feel good to know that as an adult her piano was a prized possession.
Though it was impossible for me to travel the miles required to join in the life celebration, my heart was with them. I sent flowers and prayed the day would bring with it some happy memories.
Minds and Memories
What came to mind was Barbara Streisand singing The Way We Were. The first verse always comes to me easily: Memories light the corners of my mind, misty water-colored memories of the way we were.
Memories always come from our past. They can pop up when something triggers one of our five senses. For example, smell of a certain perfume may bring a memory. Taste of a certain food or recipe may do the same.
Sometimes a sound will bring to mind an event or memory, happy or sad. The great thing is that we can choose to let it remain or let it go.
From Ancient to Modern
In writing to the Philippians, Paul the Apostle said, “I thank my God every time I remember you” (Philippians 1:3). He said he also prayed for them.
There have been many times I copied Paul’s example. In years of ministry, many people impacted my life by their life. I could not have accomplished the things I did without them.
I have great appreciation for our ability to choose. All kinds of memories float into my mind, but I don’t permit all to stay. That basic principle prompted me to write this poem:
A CHOICE IN TIME*
By Darlis Sailors
Memories float through our minds like clouds in the sky
Some are dark and we hurry them on
Others are bright and we ask them to linger
Memories contain both darkness and light, we live in sunshine and shadow
Forgiveness may wipe some dark clouds away
While love brightens others like sunshine.
Memories can also be bitter or better, life becomes better by choice
We lift up our heads to look for more light
And choose to move out of the shadows
Memories are colors inside our mind, we pick which ones we will keep
Joy comes with light, sadness with darkness
We choose the color that’s right
LET'S GET PERSONAL
Is there anyone able to say their life is all sweetness and light? I doubt it. Plenty of hard things challenge each of us in different ways. But we have one thing in common, a choice to light up our life.
Do it today. Pull up some happy memories. Then sit back and enjoy them.
*From REFLECTIONS: Inspirational Stories from Everyday Life, self-published in 2016, available from BookLocker.com or your favorite bookseller.