Cherokee Casket CompanyOver the years, I have enjoyed reading many writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson. One of my favorite quotes of his is, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” I always follow that quote with “Enjoy the trip.” Ever since I was a young boy, I have always approached each day as a new and exciting adventure of discovery. Throughout my sixty-plus years, I have met many people and developed wonderful friendships. I have also had some interesting jobs, crazy hobbies, and wonderful travel ventures. All of those who know me know that I work hard, and I play hard. Enjoying every moment as if it were my last. I’m always telling those who will listen, “I live every day as if it were my last, because one of these days I will be right.” Everyone has a life journey worth sharing. But often times our lives are too full of busy schedules to take time to share our journeys. In the book The Magic Mountain, Thomas Mann wrote, “A man’s dying is more a survivor’s affair than his own.” As a minister, I have presided over many funerals. Too many times I’ve felt that the services were very similar when it came to music, order of service, and content. Every life is different. Every life is special. Every life is worth living and sharing. So every service of remembrance should be different, reflecting the life that is to be remembered. By sharing your life’s journey, it changes the “survivor’s affair” to a celebration of your life as you would want to be remembered. So how would you like to be remembered? Why not take a day and think of your life journey. Then share that journey. It may not be easy, but Have the Talk of a Lifetime can help get that thought process started. Remember it is your life’s journey, and it is worth sharing. Life is a journey, not a destination…Enjoy the trip!