I believe that life well-lived is a process of giving pieces of ourselves to others and carrying pieces of them with us. These pieces add color, design, and dimension to the mosaic that is our life. These pieces can come from the smallest of interactions to the biggest of love affairs – they are the artwork that our humanity creates.
When we leave this earth – as all humans eventually do -we do so knowing that we not only leave our own mosaic as testament to our life, but we also leave what we have also contributed to others’ mosaics. All those beautiful pieces that we have given to others – the laughter, the memories, the lessons, the kindnesses, the love – those pieces are scattered about in the hearts, minds, and souls of others where they remain long after our time here has passed.
My friend Janna left this earth on Sunday. She was only 46, but in her time here she created a beautiful mosaic. She likewise left pieces of herself along the way that added sparkle to others’ mosaics. As for me, I will carry with me her irrepressible wit and spunk. She viewed life with an intellectual levity that was so precise and irreverent at the same time that you just had to marvel at her. She knew how to extract the humor from any situation – which is truly a gift (see an example of that in my blog entry that featured Janna’s words).
I know Janna will watch over all the pieces of herself that she has scattered about to those she shared her life with. And she will do so wearing that magnificent smile and a fabulous outfit with matching shoes, because that is the Janna way. She will rock her new journey in the same way she did her journey on earth – on her own terms with her own humored viewpoint. I find that very comforting.
Janna Banana – until we meet again I will hold you in my heart and I will share the pieces you gave me with others. And yes, I will be sure that my shoes always match my outfit. You taught me well.
Day one thousand five hundred and fifty-three of the new forty – obla di obla da