Day 14 – Pick up the nearest book and flip to page 29. What’s the first word that jumps off the page? Use this word as your springboard for inspiration. Write the post in the form of a letter. (FYI the book is “For Women Only” by Shaunti Feldhahn)
I’ve missed you since you moved away. It would have been nice if you’d actually told me you’d planned on leaving. Perhaps I could have taken photos to supplement my fast fading memory of what you were like. There is no hint of you left anymore. No scent in the air, no echo of a sound, no sight of things you left behind.
The thing I remember most is the fact that you always put others first. You never rushed to be ahead. You never fought to be the first. You never put others down to make yourself look big. You always asked what you could do for others. It was the little things. Opening doors. Standing on a crowded train. Giving others first choice. If you were doing for you, you’d always do for someone else too. I can never remember a time when you were inconsiderate, unthoughtful or inattentive.
It saddens me when I see the memory of you slipping from every day conscience. I don’t want to forget. I dread to think of a world where you do not live. A world where the individual is more important than the collective. A world where selfishness, self-centeredness and the value of ‘mine’ reign supreme. A world where politeness, courtesy and deference are no more than words used once, long ago.
It is a delightful surprise when someone remembers you too. It is more than a mention. No, you were such an influence in so many lives, that a mere mention is never enough. Perhaps it will cheer you to hear, that when someone does remember you, they do so in their actions, words and thoughts.
Please tell me your journey away is not for long. I could not bear to be parted from you forever. Please tell me you are gone for a holiday. Gone to impact so many other lives with your shear personality.
While I remember you fondly, I look forward to…no I yearn, for your return. I hope it will not be long in coming.
Yours in love.