A few days ago I saw this video. It has moved me and it has moved millions. It serves as a reminder to me of many ideals that I highly cherish and strive to achieve and to become. I believe that when you live your life to its fullest and give back that God always supplies. I believe that silence is golden. I believe that the power of words are phenomenal and the power of the unspoken word in action is amazing. This young man, this child lived more life than many who inhabit the ground today. He left his footprints and he left his parents and his family and friends a constant reminder in pictures that Ben is still alive. I am not sure if you can watch this link below, if you cannot please take the extra step and google it for yourself. If you have the time to just be alone - listen to the soothing music and read Ben's thoughts and words.
Ben reminded me that even though I know that there is life after death there really is life after death. The life after is a feeling of peace. The feeling of a job well done. His mom who gave birth to him and his mom who watched him die has pain that only one who has seen their child go through pain and come out on the other side can really relate to. As onlookers, we see and we can cry the tears for her; however we can only empathize. I honor her. Peace. Peace and more Peace. That is what Ben said that being on the other side is like. The word peace and the feeling of peace made him want to stay in a place where peace is. Oh my.
He also reminded me that leaving a memory for others to speak about means that you were. For me, living my best life, the life that my pretend best friend Oprah talks about all the time is what I aim to leave - my best. There will be a time within the next 30+ years when I will leave. I will die and my body will disappear. What will be left are the memories that my children will have to fall back on in times when they need to smile and they need to laugh. What legacy I leave depends on the manner in which I live. I want my children and I want my family that will never know me - my future great grandchildren and my future little cousins to be able to google me and see that I was here. I want my children to know that I loved them because I told them I loved them. I want my friends to believe that I care because my actions indicate same. I want the words that I write to transcend and to remind me in the times when I need comfort that God is.
Ben's moving unspoken words and his smile and his feeling and the energy that he brought to the world serves as yet another reminder that tomorrow is not promised. How we live today is how our tomorrows will be remembered. He chose life. Live your best life and others will see it. And God will provide. Peace be with you and thank you Ben Breedlove, thank you.