This ornament was made out of Eleanor's handwriting, which she had written on her 60th wedding anniversary quilt. I love how she quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson because I think it encompasses how we remember her: kind.
When I read this quote, I can't help but reflect on the person I am and how I will be remembered. Because it is true, you never know when it will be too late. Too late to make an impact on others. Too late to be more kind.
So often, we are in the thick of living moment by moment that we don't stop to ask this question: If I strip everything away--all materialistic items, social status, careers, successes--and it comes down to the person I am, what will people say? Am I kind? Generous? Loving?
Maybe those questions are too deep right now. If they are, it's okay. Regardless, you can still begin moving in that direction and have a positive impact as early as today. How?
Spread Christmas Cheer.
That's right! Just spread it! Be the confetti. Smile more. Say "Merry Christmas" instead of goodbye. Give a hug instead of a wave. Look at people in the eye when they are talking to you. Share words of gratitude.
These are things I'm inspired to do this Christmas because Eleanor reminded me to do so. When I hung that simple ornament, it was more than decorating the tree. I was reminded of a loving woman we appreciate and aspire to be like.
Because in the end, no matter what we achieve or obtain if we don't end with love and kindness, not only did we miss out but may not be missed.
We miss you, Eleanor! Merry Christmas.