So Jackson is a very physical guy, in great shape, and also tall for his age. Yet hecan be as gentle as he needs to be. He is also fundamentally kind, and braveenough (for example) to call out his peers on bullying behavior at school (in favorof some tortured soul that, quite probably,
had ever before stood up for,and who will certainly never forget Jackson).No one told him to do that, either. He took a stand because he
, and becauseit was the right thing to do, all the way around. Jackson had their respect. The bullying stopped.Now, back to the essay. Lisa said "And by the way, he writes about you in it. Ishould find that and get you a copy."So, she did, and it blew me away. With his permission, of course, I wanted toshare what he'd written, and part of the reason was to offer to all of you animportant and inspirational reminder that you just might be touching more lives,or perhaps be more of an influence for the good in any of them, than you mightever realize. It is our relationships-- family, friends, and others we care about--that give life its savor, even make it worth living. Yet for a number of reasons, itseems as if the larger part of that which is truly and essentially important in thisregard often goes unsaid during our lifetimes.Sharing at funerals is fine, as far as it goes, but it seems there must be a better way. And
, there clearly is, and maybe the challenge lies in its very simplicity:
just do it.
is the best reason, because it's free of agenda.
As singer/songwriter James Taylor put it, "Shower the people you love with love/ Show them the way that you feel." And also because these are hurtin' times, and simply offering up anacknowledgment of gratitude that is sincere won't cost you a penny, yet justmight leave another much richer than before.