I sang for a funeral today. Although I have a degree in vocal performance I don’t sing very often these days. The church we attend doesn’t use a choir and I haven’t taught private voice lessons for a while. I have managed to get my name on the list with a local funeral home when a soloist is needed. It gives me a chance to sing (which I love), to minister with my heart to the family (which makes me feel good), and earn a little bit of cash (which always helps!)
Today at the funeral the minister encouraged the small audience of people gathered to share their memories and reflections on the deceased. No one said a word. Not a single word. I was stunned. Heartbroken. Uncomfortable. A loved one dies and no one has anything to say?
In the quiet of the moment all I could think was what would my family, my friends, say about me? Have I made a difference in their lives or have I lived for myself? Would my family remember my perseverance, my wackiness, my love?
I want to live my life as if today is all I have. Because the truth is no one knows the day or time when life ceases for each of us. Life is a blessing. Every breath we take is a gift from God.
What would you do different if today is the only opportunity you get to say it all, do it all, leave it all?