Monday, August 27, 2007

What will they say?

Class was in session as usual for me today in my "Automobile University". The audio book I was listening to presented a thought that's been on my mind all afternoon.
It goes a bit like this: Imagine you are attending a funeral. You arrive and slip quietly into the back seat. Then you realize the funeral you are watching is your own. Now imagine that four people will be speakers at your funeral. The first person will be a family member. Not necessarily your immediate family, but perhaps an aunt or a cousin. The second eulogy will be given by a friend. The third person will be someone you work with. Finally, the fourth will be someone from your church. What will each of them say?
I am writing these eulogies for each of these four people everyday. Wow...I've got my work cut out for me.
Perhaps this post would be more fitting on the myndfood blog, but this made too huge of an impression on me not to share.
Maybe we'll all do better at writing these eulogies tomorrow.


PJ said...


Now THAT is a VERY profound thought. And sobering.

It really puts thing into perspective when you realize that your every action-every word, every failure, and every achievement-ultimately are the things that shape who we become in the minds of those who surround us.

I have a real proposition for you. I've been thinking about it for a while-but will you write a guest post for MyndFood? Perhaps this is a topic that you could expound upon.

I'd be honored if you'd consider the request.

SheGazelle said...

Wow...I suppose I could.
Trust me though, my thoughts are completely unoriginal, in that they are stirred from the teachings of others.
I will certainly give it my best shot.

A.L. said...

The euglogies part made me stop and think....if I could choose the member of my family, church, co-worker and friend I might be okay. The other thought that made me think was the "Automobile University" part. I never drive anywhere without a book on CD plugged in...but it's usually for entertainment purposes. Once in a while I plug Dave Ramsey in for a refresher course. I think it's time for me to join the "Automobile University" and make better use of those driving hours. Thanks for reminding me....

SheGazelle said...

Pick me, pick me! I'll say nice things about you, a.l. :-D

The Automobile University suggestion came to me from 3 different sources in about a 2 week time span. I took that as a sign that I should join up. Even though one never graduates this university, I'm enjoying it enough that I don't mind.

Katie Booker said...

WOW is right! I hate to think about dying...but if and when I do..I hope I've left behind enough good for people to talk about!

You've definitely got me more conscious about my decisions each and every day.

PJ said...

If I had the opportunity Katie, I'd probably talk about that time at youth camp that you girls came over to the guys side of camp, started a water fight, provoked me into spraying your mom with the water hose, then laughed while I cleaned the bathroom that night...

Yeah, that's what I'd talk about...

On another note: gazelle-have you ever had a steak at Flemings? Fantastic, isn't it? Not that it's a new dish-same dish that's served at every other steakhouse around. It's the way they prepare it.

There's nothing new under the sun (I think that's what the Bible says), so you don't have to be original-you just have to present it in a way that's flavorful! And you do!

So, yes: I'm serious. My email address is on my blog. Email it to me, and we'll get it posted! I'll be honored!

Katie Booker said...

AAAhhhh Good Times!!! Very Good Times...I felt SOOO Righteous that night knowing you had to clean the bathrooms.
I slept sooo good =)

SheGazelle said...

pj, point taken.
I shall do my best.

PJ said...

Perhaps this isn't the venue...but you've not provided an appropriate one.

I've been dying to comment on the fact that you DO read for fun (not that FPU isn't fun...).

"The Hostile Hospital" by Lemony Snicket is a FAR CRY from the typical reading material on your list! I'm proud of you for loosening up a bit!


SheGazelle said...

I was hooked on A Series of Unfortunate Events, but got stuck on Book the Seventh on Memorial Day Weekend. It has only been since then that I have immersed myself in strictly non-fiction reading.
Now my head sorta hurts.

PJ said...

Ha! I know what you mean... I haven't read any of them, but I think I might now!

SheGazelle said...

If you do, go audio- your kids will dig 'em too.