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A Teacher's Final Lesson

Repost from October 2018

Just a week before he died, he told his students that none of us ever knows when we’ll die and that we have to live our life to the fullest and enjoy every moment! Perhaps his soul knew, perhaps not, but he prepared those children for his death—the loss of their teacher.

Today I went to a funeral for a wonderful man. My friend’s father was a New York City, public school teacher for many years and then continued teaching about Judaism to the tweens preparing for bat mitzvah and bar mitzvah at his synagogue. He shared love and knowledge with everyone he met.

His children spoke about how he taught them how to make decisions, because each of us has to go out in the world on our own. His grandchildren spoke of special moments they had with him, taking walks, going fishing, but most of all, getting to know who they are, what they love and letting them know without any doubt that they are loved.

Our time spent with each other matters. I only met him a few times, but every time, he managed to make me feel appreciated, interesting and validated. At this intimate little funeral service, I cried for the empty space he left behind within his family. I cried for the empty spaces in my own life.

When the guides come through with messages, whether in Reiki sessions, in meditation or in prayer, they say that Earth and life on it is one to be explored, enjoyed and shared. We are here to learn as much as we can and teach as much as we can. We are here to feel! If we live life with love, compassion and sharing, we will have a full life no matter how long or short it is.

Dare to tell people what you love about them! Write that Yelp review about your favorite restaurant. Over-tip that great server. Tell a teacher what an impact they made in your life. Tell a stranger that you love their hair. Tell any mom looking tired or overwhelmed that she’s doing a great job with her kids. When you’re sad, cry. When you’re happy, sing out loud! Share your time, smiles, laughter and tears with others gratuitously! Be the friend you want in life.

Know that, if you’re reading this, you’ve touched my life in some way. The light in me recognizes and bows to the light in you!


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