The “Kum-ba-yah” factor.

Many years ago I attended a memorial service for a co-worker who died unexpectedly in his mid- 20’s.  It was a tragic event and he was survived by a young wife and daughter.  Exiting the chapel, I noticed the rest of the world went on with their daily routines, unaware of the grieving inside.  It reminded me of the old spiritual Kum-ba-yah: ” someone’s crying, Lord….someone’s laughing…. someone’s working….oh Lord… come by here”.  Simultaneously, while some of us mourn, others will be celebrating life, while others will be working hard.

The last few days have been a whirlwind of emotions… remembering my mom’s life, taking care of arrangements, spending time with family and friends, sorting out the pieces of her life. Tomorrow, we will all be going back to the rest of our lives… our work, our play, our celebrations, and somewhere, someone else will be mourning.  It is good to remember that everyone is not in the same place at any given moment and to allow others, neighbors, co-workers, strangers, and friends, to celebrate, mourn, play or work at that given time;  Kum-ba-ya.   I know I can now continue on my journey with greater confidence if I allow others to continue on theirs  at the same time, wherever that journey may take them today.

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