Monday, April 11, 2011

Your Life Matters

Every so often someone really special touches your life.  I feel blessed to have known a lovely lady, who I called Auntie Marie.  Marie was my Auntie by marriage and we hit it off from the minute we met in 1990. 21 years, gone in what seems like the blink of an eye.

It would have been Marie's 84th birthday on the 14th but sadly she passed away last Thursday, so instead of seeing birthday celebrations this week sees her funeral.  Tears are being shed, but a life is also being celebrated.  A life that mattered.

Marie raised three children and I've lost count of the grandchildren, family was everything to her.  She and her husband worked hard to earn the money to raise the children and give them the best they could, but the greatest gift given was unconditional love.  Marie may have questioned her children's decisions at times, but she never withheld her love and I believe all were secure in that knowledge.  When my own marriage ended I did not lose Marie.  She would ring and send cards and often lit candles for me, which she very much believed would help me through whatever thing I was struggling through.  She lit candles when I was studying, she lit candles when I had cancer and she lit candles when my marriage ended.  Her love stayed true and I will always be grateful that I knew such love.

Everyone who comes into our lives leaves behind a gift.  Today I sit and reflect on my times with Auntie Marie and what her special gift was to me.  I can only come back to the word love.

I'm reading a book by Petrea King called "Your Life Matters" and it seems very apt.  Auntie Marie didn't fight life, she moved through it, enjoying it as much as possible and she bought love and a sense of peace to others.

"Your life matters, You are not here by mistake, by chance.  You are here to make a contribution that can only be made by you.  Your value does not lie in what you do but who you are.  You are the gift."  Petrea King.

Thank you Auntie Marie for being a gift in my life.  I love you and I always will.

5 comments:

  1. I am sorry for your loss. What a wonderful tribute your paid to your Auntie. I'll keep you in my prayers.

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  2. Please accept my sympathies! She sounds like a wonderful woman and you have given her a wonderful tribute here. I'm sure she would feel you have honored her!!

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  3. How lucky to find and keep such a wonderful treasure as your Auntie Marie. I'm sorry she has passed but happy that you can celebrate such a great life as hers. We may think we are just ordinary and not really anything special because we've not cured cancer, flown to the moon, or made a gazillion dollars...but when someone can write a beautiful tribute like you have, then you know that we are extraordinary to those we love and that's saying a lot in today's world.

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  4. I'm so sorry for your loss. This is a beautiful tribute to a life we could all learn from and aspire to. What a gift of a woman she must have been.

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  5. Hi Stacy, Donna, Yaya and Deb, many thanks for your good wishes. It's good to know you all.

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