I’ve never been good with that long goodbye. I don’t hold any faith for another life beyond this one, and all I ever feel about the loss of a loved one is regret.
Today, the world I live in lost a tremendous soul. I didn’t know him that well, yet I knew him extremely well, through the teachings that were retained by his son, a man that I love as a brother. Honor, integrity, kindness; we don’t see these things pouring out of the average modern citizen but, if he could have found a way to dole it out, he might have had enough to share with the whole world.
The question here is not really about how we remember a man, but rather how we carry on the legacy that he presented. When we think back on the life of another, memories are like classroom lecture, teaching us the history of how a man chose to live. Did he make mistakes? Assuredly. Did he do great things? It would depend on the scope of your question. Did he live his life in a way that merits incorporating those philosophies into our own life?
That is the real question to ask about a man.
The man I speak of invited me into his home, spoke to me as an equal, treated me like a son, and talked to me like a man; for no other reason than I being a friend to his son. Knowing little to nothing about me, he opened his arms, and allowed me to decide our relationship through my actions, choosing not to judge until he had seen me as I am, first hand.
When I was younger, this track was the quintessential jam for remembering your fallen brethren. Seemed fitting for my friend, who was a true O.G.
He was what people would call a “good Christian”. The way he lead his life, and the way he treated others, would seem to abide greatly by the teachings of his faith. I’ve met a vast number of “good Christians” in my day, who were none of the things this man was. Because of that, I simply wish to remember him as a good man.
I have absolutely zero notions about what my legacy will be when it’s my turn. We can all say that we try to do right by people but, in the end, it’s hard to tell whether or not our mistakes will out way our positive impact. For the man that we lost today I can say, at least for me, that I will only remember the good things he had to teach me.
I hope I can live up to his legacy of a simple life with honor, integrity, and kindness. For the people that believe he’ll be looking down at me to make sure, I can only hope that you’re right; he deserves an eternal life of happiness.
Another downcast favorite from my younger days. I’m so glad I don’t know everything now, like I did back then, otherwise what could I have learned from such a noble man.