Over 30 years ago I learned one of the most valuable lessons of my life. As the years went by I forgot that lesson, but when I recently dug through some old papers, I found a copy of a talk I once gave that reminded me of its importance.
In graduate school, my primary professor, Dr. Harry Beevers, was an outstanding teacher, an even better researcher, and was a friend to his students. Not only did he demand the most and the best that we could give, but he created the environment that allowed us to excel. We were challenged intellectually daily, and additionally, we had the welcomed task of teaching students who were eager to learn. We all knew that we were on the leading edge of our field of science. I was single during the years I spent with Dr. Beevers at Purdue, and now that I’m a family man, I am issued a harsh response when I say that those were some of the happiest years of my life.
The years after Purdue passed by all too quickly, as they always do, and I found myself giving the talk at Dr. Beever’s memorial service. The last sentence of my remarks during that talk captures something I’d like to share. “Too often we wait too late to say the important things to the people who have made the biggest difference in our lives.” Death triggers the many things we wish we had said to those people when they were still with us, and we are filled with regret that we missed our chance.
None of us will be around forever, and it is so important that we tell the people who mean the most to us how thankful we are that they are in our lives. All of us have words worth sharing with those people, and all of us need to be reminded to do so.
CONSIDER YOURSELF REMINDED!
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