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My Sister is Home

When I think of home, I think of a place where there’s love overflowing… The Wiz For the first time in 58 years, all my sisters are Not with me. My middle sister, Lisa passed away after a valiant battle with cancer on July 31, 2014. I cannot describe the space my mind or my heart is in. There is something tangible missing, a feeling of void, unreal and unwelcome. The pain is personal, as I knew how much my baby sis was suffering, I also knew how much I would miss her gentle yet fierce spirit. home in Bermuda As the most reserved of five sisters, she always stood up for her beliefs and spoke her truths - quietly. While the rest of us are boisterous, noisy bad assess, Lisa was never, ever that way. Good thing too, cause how much more could our home have taken had we all been that way? The service was truly a home going - the one home we can all be assured of receiving. No matter how bad things are, this is the time to focus on making the life of someone ELSE better. Now is the time when we can know with deep faith that in the end, Home is where we will all be. Thanks for reading this message. Know if you are losing or have lost a loved one, they will always be near you. Open you heart to feel their presence and your mind to acknowledge what you feel is real. Peace and love. Namaste

2 More Lights Gone From the World

"Good and Evil are always at war. Good men must CHOOSE!" "A Good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination" "It always seems impossible until it’s done" Nelson Mandela from Brainy Quotes! Nelson Mandela left this earth on Thursday, December 5, 2013. While I (we all) knew it was coming, I still cried when I heard the words. This man has been amazement to me. He never let hate rule his world, his words or his actions. And by all rights, he should have been filled with rage, hate and anger. But he wasn’t. It would be trite to say he was a better man/person than I, but to say he was a better person than most would be an understatement. He understood that LOVE is all that matters, that no matter how he was treated, he would respond in love. I have been bracing myself for the next death (always in 3’s) and because Paul Walker was also a humble person, I knew it would be another LIGHT. Had no clue the light would be this BRIGHT. Such a sad day. This man was a giant among men. He lived his values and his values could model an entire world. Rest In Peace gentle warrior. He never backed down, got bitter or hateful, and lived with grace and humility. A rare soul indeed... "If one day the speed kills me, do not cry because I was smiling" Paul Walker Saturday, Paul Walker was killed in a car crash. A FAST car – Porsche 911. Many know him from the Fast and Furious franchise. But that sunny soul was much more than that. My favorite film is still 8 Below. I just love a good man/animal movie. I also love the Fast and Furious movies because, as a stick shift kinda girl, speed RULES! So, it was a pleasant surprise when I discovered he actually raced cars and the love of speed was genuine. I am sure it is why the movies were so good. There are many folks who have cars for status, have cars for transport, but in my younger days, I had cars that were fast. Got hooked on a 1994 Jetta and never looked back. The 1989 Integra was a little jet. I was really lucky not to have a ton of speeding tickets! Anyway, I digress. He also started a charity to get first responders on the ground as soon as possible after national and global disasters. Paul Walker died doing what he loved, giving back and riding in a fast car. May his good works live on in perpetuity. Thank you GOD for sharing both of these light filled souls with us. We need such people in the world, right now today. While there may not appear to be any comparison between these men, both shared humility and a love of serving others. What each of us chooses to do with our life, our lot, our talent and and our skills are the ingredients to make our world BETTER. So, today, ask yourself - WHAT am I doing to make life better for someone else? Am I doing enough? Can I do MORE? Sharing Gil Scott Heron's version of both heaven and hell on earth. Johannesburg! FREEDOM Ain't Nothing But a WORD! For those old enough to remember... Johannesburg By:Michelle D. Smith