K is for Keeps

AtoZ K2015

Playing for keeps. This is for keeps. Finders keepers.

From childhood, we learn that keeping is good and losing is sad. To let something go, like a balloon or a kite, is rarely the goal, so we are warned to hold onto the string or we won’t get another.

We grow up and often struggle with not-keeping – relationships that fade over time, or jobs that no longer exist.

As we mature, we face the letting go of the people we most deeply love.

Today countless people are saying goodbye to a young woman who I never met. Lauren Hill was just 19 years old and died from  Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).

On April 10th, her family had no choice but to let her go – to release her spirit into peace after a courageous and loving and painful and exhilarating and funny and frustrating and terrific life. A life that Miss Hill wanted very much to keep.

Sometimes we simply cannot keep what we most love. Sometimes the decision is just not ours to make.

But we aren’t necessarily limited to mourning and memories. We can keep the Lauren Hills of our hearts a vibrant part of our lives by taking up their unfinished work – be it fundraising for cancer, caring for others, reading a book, or planting a garden.

The strings might slip through our fingers and the balloons drift beyond our grasp, but we can look into the sky at any moment and be inspired to reach toward the heights.

Bebb Trees4

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