This morning of the 25th of December 2015, I visited with the family of a young man I work with, at a memorial chapel in Manila. I sat with his mother who smiled through her tears, thankful that I came to offer condolences to her and the rest of his family who will undoubtedly miss their son, brother, tito and kuya. I felt awful and undeserving of any kind of gratitude.
It was a violent death, which makes it so much more painful to his loved oned. So quick and so sudden. Now, they only seek justice for their boy.
I struggled with this sadness today, and resented knowing of this tragedy this Holiday season. Then I found myself yearning for time with my family and loved ones. This may very well be the Christmas present that I NEEDED, handed to me through a painful meeting that started my day.
Thank you, Universe, for giving me another day to love and cherish those who are dear to me. And please, give that family the strength to push on and find some solace in knowing that Jeff inspires others even now.
Let’s remember that the most important thing about this season is not giving or receiving gifts, but the opportunity to show how much we cherish our loved ones.