I am INSPIRED by my neighbor who passed away this month of June. I had not know him long and I did not know him well but what I do know is that he has left a lasting impression on me and my family. I cannot forget the image of him in his front yard either washing his car or mowing his lawn waving to anyone that passed by. I would not be surprised if most every neighbor on our block knew him as the nice guy that took the time, interest and energy to wave and say hello to them and talk to them if they took the time to talk to him. I don’t know if my neighbor knew what a positive lasting impression he left but I guess it doesn’t matter because I don’t think he did it to get acclaim.
I am so saddened at the loss of this man for his family and for myself and all our neighbors. Our block will not be the same. He made walking or driving down the street and passing his house special. Who knew that such a small gesture that doesn’t cost a penny could make such a difference. I still look at his house as I pass and imagine him waving hello.
Despite this sadness it made me hope that when I pass on that I would leave a lasting and good impression for the people in my world – for not only those that know me well but also for those that do not know me well. I hope this because if I can do for others what this nice man has done for me – INSPIRE me to be more giving of even a few seconds of my time to say hello to someone then I believe I can INSPIRE others to do the same and then the chain of giving and kindness will get longer and the ability to make a difference in people’s lives lives on.
I knew an older gentleman close to thirty years ago that passed on some words of wisdom that I will never forget. I remember him telling me that in our lives we will meet people that will be good examples and bad examples. He said that the reason we are allowed to meet “bad examples” is because it give us an example of how not to be and the same goes for good examples – they provide us with living examples of what we can aspire to be. That’s what my neighbor did – he left me a living example of how I want to live my life. Who’s your example of both good and bad and most important of all whose example of good and bad are you? That’s a good question to ask yourself don’t you think? I’d love to hear a good example somebody left you that inspired you.