Remembering Friends

Stuart WildeLives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints
on the sands of time.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When friends die, you realize just how unique, precious and irreplaceable they are.  In the midst of a tragedy, from our physical human perspective, the world can feel pretty lonely, empty and bleak without them. Thankfully, I keep being reminded that separation is an illusion, our spirits never die, and love is eternal.

Last week was a time of losses, but with loss can come reflection, wisdom, and even motivation. I attended a funeral service for John, a dear friend who passed away at the young age of 55.  We’d worked as colleagues and also shared baseball, camping and skiing adventures together with his wife and friends.  He suffered through a long struggle with cancer and complications without complaint and brought only joy to everyone that knew him.  I can only guess that John’s mission in this lifetime was accomplished.  His bright spirit and his wife Carol’s great strength will always be inspirational.

Days later, I learned that Author & Metaphysical Teacher Stuart Wilde had suffered a fatal heart attack on a scenic drive through Ireland in May.  I stumbled onto Wilde’s books just after writing Diamond Lantern: Waking-up to Who You Really Are.  My experiences with the spirit world, what Wilde referred to as the Mirror World, were often similar, particularly when it came to the spirit of our planet, Gaia.  The following is a short video by Stuart Wilde.  It resonated with me as a reminder that I still have much work to do.  When friends die, it’s our job to be strong and carry on, but remember to have fun along the way.