There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things 'in order,' she contacted her Rabbi and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in. Everything was in order and the Rabbi was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.
'There's one more thing,' she said excitedly. 'What's that?' came the Rabbi’s reply. 'This is very important,' the young woman continued.. 'I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.' The Rabbi stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say. 'That surprises you, doesn't it?' the young woman asked. ' Well, to be honest, I'm puzzled by the request,' said the Rabbi.
The young woman explained. 'My grandmother once told me this story and from that time on I have always tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement. In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, 'Keep your fork.' It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming...like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. 'Something wonderful, and with substance!'
'So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder' What's with the fork?' Then I want you to tell them: 'Keep your fork ..the best is yet to come.'
The Rabbi's eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the young woman good-bye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge. She KNEW that something better was coming.
At the funeral people were walking by the young woman's casket and they saw the cloak she was wearing and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over, the Rabbi heard the question, 'What's with the fork?' And over and over he smiled.
During his message, the Rabbi told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. He told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either.
He was right. So the next time you reach down for your fork let it remind you, ever so gently, that the best is yet to come.
Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed.
Cherish the time you have, and the memories you share. Being friends with someone is not an opportunity but a sweet responsibility.
And keep your fork!
The MEGA Coach
Life is amazing. It becomes even more amazing when you tune into the details. Give yourself the time to observe and discover the divine plan of this incredible universe.
Look at this beautiful butterfly. The color and design is incredible. As you notice the little details it becomes even more spectacular.
Can you see the patterns in the wings? Are they actually open wings or see through? Can you see the eyes? How about the antennas.
Give yourself the opportunity to notice the finer details of your life. It enhances your experience, your joy and appreciation of life’s wonders. The magic is in the details, so allow yourself to become even more amazed at the brilliance of life’s tapestry. There are so many fine threads, hues, colors and shapes.
Have you ever been invited for a meal and when you enter the dining room the table is beautiful set and arranged. The table is set properly, the tablecloth laid nicely, the silverware is clean and properly placed. The glasses are at perfect angles and clear. How does it affect your expectation of the food?
The food and your enjoyment of the meal is even better because of the environment and preparation. When the food is also cooked with the same love and care the results are sure to be delicious and extraordinary! Are there any areas of your life that fit a similar pattern? Why not make your life, relationships, health, business, etc this magnificent?
“The little things don’t mean a lot, they mean everything.” Allow yourself to be whole, complete and brilliant. Let yourself shine. Give yourself the time to do it right.
The finer details or the little things include letting the people you love and care about know how wonderful they are. How powerful is it when you feel acknowledged, recognized or appreciated? Are you taking the time to share this with others when they deserve it? Are you giving it to yourself?
God’s beauty is all around you. Let yourself breathe it in, immerse yourself with the wonder and beauty of life. Be grateful and share it. Acknowledge every moment, every joy and every win.
“A little acknowledgement goes a long way!”
Michael J Wyman
The MEGA Coach
Love is the most powerful force in the universe and love is God’s gift and blessing to you. God’s unconditional love is always available, every moment.
By sharing your love and kindness you fulfill your highest potential. Love is your essence and true legacy.
Life is a process, a journey full of lessons and growth. It is an opportunity for you to actualize your divine potential.
Life is also a package deal as there is a duality to the universe. There is good and bad, happy and sad, healthy and sick, rich and poor, joy and sorrow, etc.
Accept all of life and know that everything is temporary except love. Everything comes and goes except love.
“Kindness is a language that we all can understand. Even the blind can see it and the deaf can hear it.”
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”
Small steps add up to big movements one step at a time.
Be patient and supportive of yourself.
Make a small change every day and see how much you have grown in 30 days.
Be consistent, move gently and steadily in the same direction and you will create great results.
The MEGA Coach
From “Keep Going” by Joseph M. Marshall III
“Life gives and life takes,” the old man said. “Life takes our time, and every day is one day closer to the end of our journey on this Earth. It takes our efforts, our sweat, our best intentions, our noblest ideals, dreams and sacrifices…and still demands more. Then it throws obstacles in our path, surprises, disappointments, indifference, confusion, doubt and heartaches.
Yet life does give us much more than the obvious. If we can learn to look back on the difficulties we have known, whether old or new, then we have moved past them, at least in time. That we are looking back at a tough experience from the perspective of the present moment means we have survived it. The experience may have taken a toll, as difficulties do, but whatever our losses may have been, we have survived.
Survival is victory because we know, or we are reminded, that it is possible. The experience, the difficulty, has taught us, or reminded us that we can be strong.
Life can be, and too often is, a series of tough times and tough issues that seem to do nothing more than keep us from achieving satisfaction and finding happiness. And, understandably, we are concerned with whatever we fail to accomplish. Unfortunately, that prevents us from realizing that we may be gaining something else – something more unexpected.”
Everything happens for a reason and a purpose and it serves us.
There is something to be learned from every person or situation.
Even with an apparent loss, there is a gain.
Life can give you strength.
The MEGA Coach