Wake Up Calls

A day or so ago, I got one of those notifications that a schoolmate of mine had passed away. Ronnie Goodwin, who was a year ahead of me, but had married one of my classmates. He was the picture of an athlete, when I knew him, and went on to play for the Philadelphia Eagles.

I sent the notice to another classmate of mine and he replied that he didn’t know about me, but he was no longer feeling immortal. Too many of our friends were dropping from the ranks.

After my recent accidents, I know I am no longer feeling invincible.

Then today, I received a request that really made me sad. It was a request to help a person with a task that I can do that will hopefully ease the pain of one who has lost a loved one.

At this time of year, deaths have a much more painful effect on people. Holidays always remind us of those that are no longer with us. For the young, many only focus on the happy things. Dolls, or trains, or iPads or video games or jump ropes.

For those of us that are older, we tend to think of loved ones that are not with us.

So I pose to you the following. As Christmas time is near, try to go out of your way to say a kind word to everyone. Smile at the checkout lady in the supermarket and tell her to have a good day. Que tenga un buen diá

Tip all bag boys. Remember that they are not paid by the supermarket and every cent you give them may mean they can buy a gift for Christmas. Pass out smiles as if they your most valuable possession. For some, it may be the one thing that brightens their day.

If you see someone that needs a helping hand, extend yours.

Life is short. We only pass this way once. Your time here will be more rewarding if everyone around you is happy. Do your part.

Every once in a while I need to remind myself of this. I thought while I was reminding me, I would pass it on to you as well.

Go have a great day. I plan on doing just that.

7 thoughts on “Wake Up Calls

  1. Merry Christmas Feliz Navidad. None of us are immortal. I do not have much but I will share with others every time.

  2. Merry Christmas Don
    I always tip the bag boys, waiters & waitresses, the guy that checked my battery for free at Casa de Bateria, the young man that mounted my spare tire on the rim and then put it back on my car. A dollar or two to them is a lot and it makes a very small dent in my monthly budget. I also smile and say Feliz Navidad to everyone I pass and Merry Christmas to every Gringo I meet. Christ is the reason for the season!

  3. You are so right, It doesn’t hurt to smile and it will make someone else and yourself feel good. We live in Paradise, live like it.

    Don, I am sorry for your loss, especially this time of year, it seems to hit harder. Stay healthy everyone and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from my home to yours.

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