"To Be Remembered"

It was just what I needed to hear at just the right time.

I was surprised and pleased.

I was lifted up and inspired to do more, be more and perhaps even expect more from life.

I had no idea that anyone would even notice and yet, she did.  A perfect stranger opened my eyes, touched my heart and gave me a gift.

"Aren't you Bob?" she asked.

"Yes, I'm Bob Perks," I replied and reached out my hand to touch hers.

"I see you on television, don't I?"

"Yes, periodically."

"I knew it was you.  I was telling my friend as we walked by.  I just knew it was you because of your smile.  You always smile.  Every time I see you, you're always smiling."

      My heart started pounding. My eyes opened wide.
      This perfect stranger touched me deep inside.

      It wasn't my ego or needing to boast.
      She did something wonderful that I needed most.

      She said, "I have noticed that you always smile.
      I love that about you, I have for awhile.

      It is such a pleasure to see someone kind.
      When I think of happy I have you in mind."

      Forgive me for asking, I am sure that it's true,
      "You do know that God is smiling down on you?"

      Perhaps that explains it, my smiling you see.
      It is a reflection of God's love for me.

So, now I must ask you how do you want to be remembered?
  • To be remembered kindly...do something for someone who needs a gentle touch.

  • To be remembered as honest...live with such integrity that no one would ever question your intentions.

  • To be remembered as generous...be giving to all.

  • To be remembered as compassionate...don't just say you care, show it.

  • To be remembered as giving...give before you know there is a need.

  • To be remembered as a "person of faith"...be faithful in all your actions.

  • To be remembered as a good worker...remove from your vocabulary the words, "It's not my job."

  • To be remembered as a good parent...teach by example.

  • To be remembered as a good spouse...be a good listener, express love, be faithful and forgiving.

  • To be remembered as a friend...be trustworthy, honest, open and genuine.

  • To be remembered at all...live fully, love all and smile often.

~ Bob Perks ~

[ by: Bob Perks Copyright © 2008 (2believe@comcast.net) -- {used with permission} ]

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