More Teachable Moments
Taken from the story “The Cemetery”
What comes to your mind when you hear the word cemetery or how do you feel when you see one? I have a chapter in my book called “The Cemetery” and those memories reflect how I felt when I helped with the maintenance work. For me, the cemetery was a learning station. People came and placed flowers on the graves, and as I watched, I wondered why? Who were these people who were six feet under me? I enjoyed reading the epitaphs and took notice of the dates on the tombstones. I learned a cemetery is full of history, and the stone monument revealed a lot about the person if only a few words.
I can’t help but reflect on John Lewis, who just died. We remember him for many good reasons. He encouraged everyone to do what is right. He was a person of stature, authentic, an American hero who stood his ground for justice, non-violence and peace. His legacy will go down in history, and his spirit will live on forever. He was a leader for all ages and remarkable human being. The more I heard about his story, the more I smiled. I even heard we had something in common! He preached to the chickens when he was young, and I taught the chickens when I was growing up. Those experiences might have helped prepare us to do our jobs for the future! We both learned what hard work was, and it showed. We need more people like John Lewis. The celebrations of his life truly touched a chord with me, reminding me it’s never too late to do the right thing. John Lewis said, “When you make mistakes when you’re wrong, you should admit you’re wrong and ask people to forgive you.” He was a person who walked the talk!
To me, a cemetery is symbolic and a place we call a burial ground. What did I learn about “The Cemetery?” A time to reflect on my own life. Remember those who went before me and make sure I do my part while I’m living.
Question: What do you want your legacy to be?