A few months ago I was walking through an airport when I noticed a small sign that a vendor had displayed on his counter. It was hand-written and caught my eye immediately.
“Everything works out in the end. If it hasn’t worked out, you haven’t yet reached the end.”
I at one once thought of my friend Kindra, who lost her battle to cancer months prior. My mind effortlessly started to debate the premise of what I had just read. My first inclination was that this statement could be easily discredited based on my friends experience. As I said, Kindra lost her battle with cancer. Anyone who has faced such an ordeal knows that this is the least desirable of all possible outcomes. But there was something unsatisfying with that conclusion.
Last week I was in Belize with Kindra’s husband, spreading her ashes in one of her favorite places. I again started my mental debate about the sign, probably because I was still searching for meaning in such a tragic and painful loss. It was then that I came to a realization. Perhaps Kindra’s story isn’t finished being told.
As human beings we see our lives with beginning and ends, the beginning being our birth and end coming when we pass away. Lately however, I have started to see a flaw in this seemingly reasonable belief. There is something that it doesn’t take into consideration. It fails to recognize what we leave behind. As human beings we have an immeasurable power to inspire. And this inspiration lives on without the burden of having a shelf life.
Nothing will change the fact that Kindra is no longer here. But when I think about her I remember how she made the people around her so happy. I remember how she loved others with such willingness and ease and I am filled with peace and happiness. It was how she lived that inspired Human Tribe Project. So, as new Tribe Pages are created and people are united with their Tribes, I am reminded that it was her inspiration that made this possible. I am reminded that her strength was always to bring people together, to make them see the positives and to help in anyway she could. I am reminded that her story has not reached its end. Not yet.
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