212 Days ’til 40: Remembering Those No Longer With Us

24 Jul

A friend who dies, it’s something of you who dies. ~ Gustave Flaubert

Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see. ~ Helen Keller

Let no one weep for me, or celebrate my funeral with mourning; for I still live, as I pass to and fro through the mouths of men. ~ Quintus Ennius

If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them.  Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever. ~The Crow (1994)

Death ends a life, not a relationship. ~ Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie
So many of us have lost people who have meant the world to us, parents, grandparents, friends, spouses, often much too early.  Sometimes I think it is really important to take a moment and pause and honor their memory.  Words are not even necessary, just a moment to be thankful for their presence in our lives, and to remind ourselves that we will never forget the lessons they taught us and the love they showered upon us.
Today, 212 days ’til 40, I remember so many relatives and friends that are no longer with me physically, but will always live in my heart.

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24 responses to “212 Days ’til 40: Remembering Those No Longer With Us

  1. ssgt leslie

    July 24, 2012 at 01:18

    i try to say good morning to my parents, who are no longer with us in the physical material world…

    • 400daystil40

      July 24, 2012 at 20:58

      At times I do that with my father too….

      • ssgt leslie

        July 24, 2012 at 21:00

        sorry for you lost, may you be comforted knowing he is still with you just in the the physical world…take care..

        • 400daystil40

          July 24, 2012 at 21:04

          Thank you and sorry for your losses as well.

          • ssgt leslie

            July 25, 2012 at 21:09

            amen, i appreciate it. take care and all the best, leslie and lizzy

  2. buckwheatsrisk

    July 24, 2012 at 01:40

    remembering. 🙂 I love the book Tuesday’s with Morrie!

  3. A Table in the Sun

    July 24, 2012 at 03:11

    Remembering my friend, Keith.

  4. Spider42

    July 24, 2012 at 13:31

    Nice post.

  5. conhippy

    July 24, 2012 at 18:23

    He dares to quote The Crow…….nice job!

  6. hillarysangel

    July 24, 2012 at 18:29

    You’ve made me work it out — almost 600 days ’til I’m 60. But that’s all I’ve worked out. Even after all this time!

    • 400daystil40

      July 24, 2012 at 21:02

      Wow! I wish you the best on your journey to 60! Are we going to get 600 days of posts??? 🙂

  7. Mike Sirota

    July 24, 2012 at 18:44

    Thanks for stopping by “Swords, Specters, & Stuff.” My life began in my forties, after I met my soul mate, and despite life’s challenges, it’s going pretty well twenty years later. Check out my post, “When Art Creates Life.”

    • 400daystil40

      July 24, 2012 at 21:02

      You are welcome and great point – when we meet a person who we are meant to be with life changes drastically (for the better)

  8. The Quiet Borderline (back in hospital)

    July 24, 2012 at 19:45

    Here here.

  9. Seth

    July 25, 2012 at 11:54

    I lost one of my best friends when I was sixteen. This has stirred in me the memories I always hold of him. Thanks you.


    • 400daystil40

      July 25, 2012 at 14:28

      You are welcome – I also lost one of my best friends at age sixteen….. it was such a hard life lesson at a young age.

      • Seth

        July 25, 2012 at 15:15

        You have my sympathy, it is a terrible lesson to learn at an age when it’s normal to feel invincible.
        I count myself very lucky to have known him in the short amount of time he had in this world.

  10. John Paul McNeil

    July 27, 2012 at 20:48

    I of course thought of my mother who passed away several years ago. And then my thoughts and prayers stretched across this nation to Colorado. Though I did not know those who perished, that event sits like a rock upon my Soul. I could not help but notice your post from several days ago, about turning off the TV. It is filled with so much violence. There is a connection. A heavy topic, but one which I feel we truly need to address. Difficult, but all of life’s greatest questions and challenges are.

    • 400daystil40

      July 27, 2012 at 23:37

      Yes, I agree…. sometimes the heaviest topics are the most important.


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