“And I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter,
And I gave forgiveness I’d been denying.”
An’ he said: “Some day, I hope you get the chance,
To live like you were dying.”
Tim McGraw

Mr. Sub Three Hour and I have a family policy–we don’t miss funerals.  Life is demanding and we can’t be everywhere but we make an extra effort to attend funerals.
Today we said goodbye to our friend and neighbor who left this life way too soon. It was tough to watch Brad’s health slip with each passing week.  At the same time Brad’s body was giving out, his soul grew.  When you finished talking to Brad rather than “take care” or “see you later” you heard Brad say  “I love you”.   Brad communicated like each conversation was an opportunity to be real, to talk about what really mattered.
Our final visit with Brad gave us one last important memory to hold onto, to remember what really matters in life–relationships.Listen, I hope you’re in the greatest of health, but I also hope that you are taking time for what really matters in your life.Our best days are not spent surfing mindlessly from one website to another or watching another television show.How we spend our time is the most important decision we will make each and every day. What we do with each minute of every day determines our legacy, what our children will remember, and what we will leave behind.Live every day with purpose. Remember that your children (and others) spell love T-I-M-E.  Live every day according to your mission and your plan. Have a vision for what you want to accomplish, and live and act in harmony with it.

i declare! sprung from a desire to keep what is important to me next to me.  I wear my kids names on a necklace to remind me what matters most.  Some days I put on a running bracelet to remind myself I can do hard things.

Love deeper, speak sweeter, and give the forgiveness you’ve been denying. Don’t wait for cancer or some other challenge to make you treasure each day, each relationship, each conversation.

Live passionately, live honestly, and live the best life that you can.