I’m sitting here trying to process what happened today. I am not alone. I could not begin to guess how many like me, are grieving. Today, for reasons unknown, a local news helicopter crashed, killing the two people onboard. The pilot is being called a hero due to the fact that he managed to bring the helicopter down on the side of the interstate on not onto the roadway possibly causing more injuries.
While we seek ways to come to grip with today’s sorrow, it is yet again proof that we never know. We do not know when our life will end. It is a reminder that we need to live our life in a way that makes a difference. Live in a way that what we leave behind proves we have done what we could, to leave life better for us having been.
I watched the people on the channel that those lost had been part of, their grief was obvious. The people who died in the crash, were not merely coworkers, they were family. Their actions, their struggles proved this. Their memories and comments about those lost, showed that they did live their life in a way that left things better. These two men, touched lives, showing respect, proving how speaking kindly, excitedly, joyfully, leaves lasting memories. Teaches us how we too, can be and make a difference.
They sought to make sure they did their job well. Always making sure that what needed done, was done. Working toward greater understanding, so as to do their job better.
Always making a point to speak to everyone. To ask about how they were, how they were doing, how their weekend was. And meaning it, not just saying because it was expected and not really waiting or caring for the response. They wanted to know.
They not only knew their jobs, they enjoyed them. Serious when need be, laughing when the moment warranted.
They were always ready to step up and help the community. Whether by piloting the helicopter while helping search for someone lost, or working a charity event to help local causes.
They left their footprint, on the community, on friends, on family, on life.
We can learn, from what we learned about them. We can take their legacy, and make it our own. We can take up the banner they held, and carry it forward, seeking to continue what they started. Making all we meet feel valued and important. We can work to help the community and its needs. We can work hard to learn more, live better, shine brighter in ways that makes life for those around us better. We can remember those lost, and honor them by continuing what they gave us, what they began.