You’ll be remembered for your kindness

Photo by Raye Smith

Photo by Raye Smith

I went to a visitation at a funeral home last night.

The man was the grandfather of one of the players on my son’s baseball team. Always smiling, this man made his presence felt through his kind acts and his ceaseless joy. He prepped the baseball diamond before games and groomed it in between. He helped out at every fundraiser, and attended every practice. The people gathered at his visitation all agreed with me: We simply can’t imagine a baseball game or practice without him there. We feel his loss deeply.

Some time ago I attended a different funeral. For that event, many chairs sat empty.

That person blamed others for problems and grumbled through life, wondering why things weren’t going as planned. If someone needed a hand, they would not think to call that person. That person had not been involved in community activities: no coaching of sports teams, no Boy Scout or Girl Guide leadership, no flooding of community rinks or helping out the United Way. That person would not show up at your door with a casserole.

Before the funeral service for that person began, I chatted with a wise funeral professional, a man who had seen a lifetime of funerals. He looked at the empty chairs and shook his head. “It’s the kindness that makes the difference,” he said. “People think there will be large crowds for the rich or the powerful, but that’s not the case. It’s the kindness. People remember kindness.”

A thought to drive your day: You’ll be remembered for your kindness. 



About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

Posted on February 6, 2015, in Arlene Smith, Arlene Somerton Smith, good faith, Gratitude, How do you define success?, Inspiration, life, Living life to the fullest, progressive christianity and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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