Friday, October 24, 2014

A Breath of Sunshine on a bleak day in October

Recently when I had a little time to fill in between early-morning choir practice and our usual 10am Sunday morning service, I wandered out into our "UUC Memory Garden" and took the snapshot that you see, here, of "Gaye's Memory Brick". Click here for my blog article about Gaye's brick per se; here I tried more to capture the garden itself within the environment where it rests. You'd never know that this is right in the center of our town, Groton, Ma.

What a peaceful place it is — standing on and reading the 100s of bricks that memorialize loved ones from our congregation, looking out over the magnificent New England Fall, as you see it here, and listening to hear Gaye's voice in the wind, as I've written about before. This voice is not a lamentation; it's about everlasting joy — the joie de vivre that characterized the life she lived, albeit way too short.

Alas, I doubt that this view looks like that now because we've recently had three days of rain so I suspect most of the leaves have now fallen. But that's OK; it's perfectly appropriate. I actually like this view in every season, even on frigid cold days in Winter, or like today, a pretty bleak end-of-October day.

So where's that "Breath of Sunshine" ?

It's easy — just listen to the soundtrack from "The Sound of Music" and imagine living your life like that. Every day's an adventure. Every day the glass is always half full.

It was Gaye's lifetime context of "Climb Every Mountain" — with all of the UPs and DOWNs that entails — that taught me about why that's so important. It's all about embracing life as it is. Fully appreciating today, not waiting for something that might come… because this moment — right now — is all that any of us really has. It's about being truly happy with what is within your reach.

Climb every mountain…
— from "The Sound of Music" soundtrack

Climb every mountain,
Search high and low,
Follow every byway,
Every path you know.

Climb every mountain,
Ford every stream,
Follow every rainbow,
'Till you find your dream.

A dream that will need
All the love you can give,
Every day of your life
For as long as you live.

Climb every mountain,
Ford every stream,
Follow every rainbow,
Till you find your dream

A dream that will need
All the love you can give,
Every day of your life,
For as long as you live.

Climb every mountain,
Ford every stream,
Follow every rainbow,
Till you find your dream.

Thank you, and I miss you, dear sweet sister Gaye. Thank you for the life you lived, and for what you continue to give to me by still being present in my life every day.
 

4 comments:

NANCI PHELAN said...

Thanks for your touching words of hope and your labour of love writing the blogs in memory of our sister Gaye who left us far too soon. She missed out on so much of life just because she was so attractive - a life lesson for me. This world is not a fair place but it is a place of beauty and love, both of which Gaye had in abundance. Unlike you I remember more of her pain in life, the dark times of despair when she made poor decisions and was her own worst enemy. And then the other side, the wildness and abandon, the energy to push all the limits. May she rest in peace. Yes, I miss her too. I miss having a sister in my life and losing her makes me more grateful for the many blessings in my own life.

NANCI PHELAN said...

Thanks for your touching words of hope and your labour of love writing the blogs in memory of our sister Gaye who left us far too soon. She missed out on so much of life just because she was so attractive - a life lesson for me. This world is not a fair place but it is a place of beauty and love, both of which Gaye had in abundance. Unlike you I remember more of her pain in life, the dark times of despair when she made poor decisions and was her own worst enemy. And then the other side, the wildness and abandon, the energy to push all the limits. May she rest in peace. Yes, I miss her too. I miss having a sister in my life and losing her makes me more grateful for the many blessings in my own life.

E Davis said...

Gaye was was truly a ray of sunshine in everyone's life!

leta said...

Thanks for reminding me to stop and smell the flowers everyday. I remember Gaye always with her bubbly personality and truly living each day fully engaged whenever I saw and shared time with her - while that was only a few days of all the time I have now lived. I'm always sad to think back to that day and your families huge loss. I'm always touched and happy to share your memories and the way you love her and cherish her memory. Thank you, dear friend.