I came across a note to myself that back in 2003, I had written the following to a friend whose husband was dying with cancer;
The older I get, the less I understand. But one thing I know:
LOVE IS REAL
OUR RELATIONSHIPS ARE WHAT REALLY MATTER.
I have found a story that echoes the same truth.
After finally beating his grandmother at Monopoly, she used the game to teach her grandson a lesson about life.
At the end of the game, she reminded him that everything he had won and accumulated...all the "cash" and properties...went back in the box at the end of the game.
Whatever we achieve and accumulate in life does not go with us when we die.
The 4th Secret of the One Minute Manager (by Ken Blanchard and Margret McBride) ends the story with this thought:
"...when life is over, everything goes back in the box. The only thing you get to keep is your soul. That's where you store who you loved and who loved you." (p. 93)
A final thought: HE WHO DIES WITH THE MOST TOYS...STILL DIES!