8 Dec

Ok, I have a little writer’s block right now. Maybe because my week was ordinary? Or maybe my eyes were too focused on me and not seeking the extraordinary moments of every day? Nevertheless, a few significant things did happen this week in the world. There were two highly reported deaths in the news. The first was Paul Walker from The Fast and Furious franchise. People viewed him as too young, too handsome, too kind. He was one of those extremely private movie stars but as you listen to the stories, he was truly a nice guy; genuine, kind, authentic. There are stories of his charitable foundation and of his random, anonymous acts of kindness. On the other end of the spectrum, Nelson Mandela. He changed the world. He stood for democracy,freedom, harmony, and peace. The contributions he made to his people and society in general are far reaching. Then in my little world, my friend ‘B’-Bob was buried this week. I will never forget his impact on me and my life, let alone his family and friends. Although these three men come from all walks of life and had different ‘positions’ in the world, they all had significant contributions on people’s lives. Paul Walker, besides being an actor, he was a father and died on his way to an event of his organization to help the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines. Nelson Mandela, his impact on people’s lives are too long to list. Bob, his love and support for me during a tough time will always be remembered and cherished. What do the three have in common, what will they be most remembered for? Their treatment of people. I found a really long quote from Maya Angelou. I was thinking of a way to take pieces from it, but I can’t. The whole thing sums it up perfectly, especially the last sentence:

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.― Maya Angelou

Today I wear Ulta Tinted Lip Balm in Toast. I LOVE these! They are inexpensive, moisturize, and add color! Toast is a deep wine/red which provides enough color not to be crazy. I chose it for both the color and the name…toasting these three gentlemen and life! Cheers!


4 Responses to “People”

  1. Judy Janke December 8, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    Oh, Anna, I am sitting here crying my eyes out for I miss Bob so much. He truly loved you and missed seeing you. I have so many great memories of him and I together that it’s all I have. I know he is better off and not in pain, for that I have peace, but not seeing him my heart breaks. Keep me in your prayers that I can survive without him and for him to be proud of me and what I do with out him. Keep writing and be inspiration to all of us. Love you! Judy

    • Anna December 8, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

      Oh Judy, please contact me if you ever need anything. You were there for me too! I will always keep you in my prayers. Prayers for strength and peace. I have no doubt that Bob was and is proud of you and the life you lead. You are awesome. Love you, Anna

  2. Carole December 9, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Amen, Anna! Thank you so much for reminding me again how important it is to be a positive roll model and influence in this life of ours. ❤

    • Anna December 9, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

      You’re welcome Carole! We are all responsible for how we treat people, just not how they respond unfortunately!

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