Daily Prompt: In Loving Memory
Today’s Daily Challenge is a good one, as it causes you to think about how you want to be remembered. What actions, do you need to do to be remembered that way, or perhaps changes to make in your life.
Keith Allen Pilipchuk 1959 – ????
Keith was born to be in the middle it seemed. He walked the middle of Christianity and Buddhism, learning from both, ultimately following the one his heart and mind agreed on.
He was born at the end of the baby boomer years, but had more in common with those who followed. He adopted to the technology that followed, better than many younger than him. Perhaps because he saw it as tools, not life.
As a child born in the New World from parents from East and West, he grew up with the attitude we are all wanting the same things. Asian, Amerind, Caucasian, or any other we all have the same needs, nutritious food, fresh water, clean air, and love and companionship.
His motto was to follow the four L’s of Life: Live, Learn, Labor, and Love,
In his life he allowed fate to offer different paths, then he chose one.
Learning was a lifelong pursuit, which lead him to traverse the world.Work was something that allowed him to help others, as well as carry out his own goals. He learned that work was a means to an end, not the goal of the journey.
Growing up with two parents who loved each other without reservation, he searched for the same. He learned a lot of lessons from his failed marriage, and for years he never said I love you to another lady in the same way. Then he surprised all of us when he told us he had found the last one he would say those words to, and years later she was still the only one in his heart.
On his path, he stopped to smell the roses, pet the animals, and give smiles where he could. Sharing laughter, food, friendship and love meant more than the bottom line. For he knew it was the memories you leave behind that are your legacy.
His last request was no flowers for his grave, rather find a stranger in need and buy them a meal, for that would be a better legacy than flowers that wither and die. For his greatest wish, was that he encouraged others to be compassionate to all they meet.
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