holds no resentment
never talks boastfully
never pats himself on the back
never puts blame on someone else
never slings insults
doesn’t look out for only his interest
not narrow minded
not self centered
not easily annoyed
never gets enraged
not easily provoked
not one to keep track of times he’s been wronged by others
doesn’t make a list of those who have insulted him
or given him the short end of the stick.
he’s never “ok” with corruptive or destructive behavior
never happy when he sees things amiss
he speaks the honest truth and has a great appreciation for the “whole truth”.
he is careful to cover all his bases
never neglects or ignores
he’s a safeguard
full of positivity
the sky’s the limit
generous with all
treats everyone the same
always trying to better himself
never gives up
always sees light at the end of the tunnel
typically gives the benefit of a doubt
never wants to be closed minded
is aware there’s always two sides
knows when to bow out of a difficult situation
knows when to dig in his heels
he’s a thinker
thinks “big picture”
thinks “outside the box”
Keeps his mind open for the next big idea
takes no credit for his accomplishments
will be the first to tell you his source is Jesus Christ
he strives never to fall short in his faith
he is a “doer” not a “sayer”
he leads by example
focused on integrity
to his children he’s Dad
to his grandchildren he’s Poppa
to his extended family he’s Michael
But to me
he is love !
Occasionally, I get the chance to sneak into other people’s homes and leave a mark. Now this is remarkably different from the days in my youth of sneaking into new construction homes simply to take a peek around and pretending like I lived there, how I would decorate it and critiquing building choices. That was me […]
Today, I’ll think of you as I do every dayBut this time, I will smile instead of cry.
Today, I will not focus on memories that make me .
Instead, I’ll think of times we laughed until we cried.
Today, I won’t remember all the things you’ve missed this year.
Instead, I will think of all the things you have experienced in your new life eternal.
I won’t stop and look at pictures the same sorrowful way anymore.
I will just picture you at peace.
Today, I will not look at my yellow rose bush
with the same emptiness I did a year ago.
I will only focus on its beauty and the friendship it stands for.
Part of me doesn’t want to give up my sorrow;
it feels as though I’m giving you up.
But today I realize that ,while I will always miss you,
I cannot always grieve.
Today, I am determined to remember you the way you would want me to—
as a great friend, a wonderful wife,
loving mother and grandmother.
I’ll remember the good times–picnics by the ice cold creek with our children on a hot summer’s day,
Spring breaks, and that you would always have
some sort of baby animal for Jessica to play with.
I’ll enjoy the memory of your spontaneity, your love of life and God.
I’ll smile at the way you could just finger comb your hair on the way out the door,
applying mascara at the first stoplight.
I’ll refuse to think of our last conversation
when I failed to talk you out of your trip to California.
I’ll just remember our last visit when I cleaned out
your kitchen cabinets the way I’d always wanted to.
I’ll remember the crackers and laughing cow cheese,
eaten while talking about our future as grandmas.
I’ll promise to stop mourning so much, to start cherishing more,
to find blessings in all that was our friendship.
Today, I let you go from the tight grip of my heart.
Today, I will find peace in the knowledge that you are safe, happy and whole.
Today will be different.
Today, I will start over, one today at a time.