Final acts

My neighbor, Maurice Wilson died on November 30, 2012 at the age of 84.  What struck me about his passing was his final act.  The afternoon before his death, he was putting up Christmas lights.  I’m reminded of the quote by Martin Luther, “Even if I knew the world would end tomorrow, I would continue to plant my apple trees.”  His beautiful Christmas lights were a testament to his life.  He made life brighter for others.  He’s inspired me to rethink my very self-focused new year’s resolutions.  Thank you for your life, Maurice.  They may be lofty goals and far out of my reach, but because of you I resolve to chose love when it would be easier to hate, to light the path of others and to leave a legacy of beauty.

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