Pearl #12: When loved ones pass away, you've just lost the containers they lived in, not the essence of the impact they had on family, friends, and community and not the memories you still hold dear.
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Zeke's oldest son delivered a superb eulogy at the funeral. It was heartfelt, loving, contemplative, and funny. He succinctly captured the essence of Zeke's personality and his influence on the people around him. We could all laugh while we cried, remembering the happiness Zeke brought instead of our sadness at his passing. That was Zeke. Not the container, but the memories. I hope I'm able to leave such fond memories when I no longer need the container I walk around in.
Karl Wiegers, Pearls from Sand: How Small Encounters Lead to Powerful Lessons (pp. 59, 61), 2011, Morgan James Publishing