Living on in the Hearts of Others

Lisa Ryan Chief Appreciation Strategist, Grategy. finger hug“As long as we can love each other, and remember the feeling of love we had, we can die without ever really going away. All the love you created is still there. All the memories are still there. You live on in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were here.” Mitch Albom


I experienced my first significant death when I was forty years old. My best friend died of pancreatitis at the age of forty-two. I felt like the wind was knocked out of me. For years after his death, the thought would hit me, “I should give Craig a call,” or “I haven’t talked to Craig for awhile” and then I’d realize that I couldn’t speak to him physically any more.  All I had left were the memories of our time together.


It is for those precious moments that I am grateful.  It’s been more than ten years since his death and I still smile when I think about the good times we had together.  Make sure that you let the people you love know how you feel while they are still on the planet.  There is no regret like words left unsaid.


Today, think of the person that needs to hear from you. Whether you give that person a call, write them a note or send them an email or text (my least favorite choices), make the effort today. You’ll be glad you did – and so will they.

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