“Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.”
If someone would have ever told me, I’d be sitting here blogging about a celebrity’s untimely passing .. well, to say I would have scoffed at the remark is an understatement. Yet, now I find myself deeply touched and moved enough by the Steve Irwin Memorial Service that Animal Planet aired .. to do exactly that.
“Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.”
~Henry Van Dyke
Isn’t it odd, how the very thing that hurts, scares, and touches us so deeply .. is the only certainty we have in this life? Yes, I’m talking about death.
So much has been recently aired, talking about Steve’s life.. and though, I could comment, and talk about my gratitude to him as well.. I just wanted to share 2 almost simple thoughts with you today that struck me while watching the service.
“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”
His absolutely adorable.. wise beyond her years daughter Bindi… really hit a chord with me.. her smiles as his clips played, the hint of sadness and confusion in her eyes at other times .. but most importantly her enthusiasm .. still showed. She looked proud when they spoke of her father, almost giggling at clips .. her father’s death didn’t take away her life or her passion for it.. like most children, she seems to have the ability to be sad.. but to live.. really live.. a lesson most of us adults, could stand to learn. When she spoke, and talked of her daddy .. it was a heartbreaking moment, yet her confidence, her pride, her spirit, her bright smile .. were all in tact .. and contagious at that.
Children really do have a way, of showing us the basic yet oh-so-important things we lose sight of.
“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.”
Now, when Kevin Costner’s taped piece aired .. I was particularly struck by one of his statements.. he talked about the fearlessness Steve Irwin seemed to have.. Yes, his courage, and passion with dangerous animals.. but more importantly, his fearlessness in showing the world his true self.. his true spirit… he was unafraid, to just be who he was. Costner continued, saying how when we show the world who we are, we open ourselves up to ridicule, but Steve Irwin didn’t care about that .. he saw the larger picture.. and went for it.
Think about it.. really think about it..
How many of us, can honestly say we show the world who we truly are consistently?
How many of us truly live our lives with true passion, and with minimal fear?
We are drawn to those who do. We find their enthusiasm contagious, the greatest accomplishments have arisen from it … but still .. most of us.. well.. we hold back. Why? It’s something I find myself contemplating today.
“To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.”
~Kahlil GibranMemorials & funerals are such a blatant reminder of how we should live. The greatest life lessons can be seen through each tear, each story, each person… and they are often, simply small reminders of what we already know.
“If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.”
Once again, I find myself inspired, to continue finding my passions, to try and live them .. to learn to let go of fear. To live, with heart. To value myself, and honor my own life — while I’m alive. How about you?
“Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.”