Shortly before Mike and I left for our business conference in Chicago this weekend, we learned about the passing of Hayden of Rasta Less Traveled. For those who have followed Bernadette's blog, you know the long, extremely difficult, and heart-wrenching path Bernadette and her family have experienced. You also know of the insurmountable spirit, courage and love Bernadette and her family have shown throughout this journey. If you don't know any of this, read her blog from the beginning and be inspired to do great things, be a better person, and learn what unconditional love really means.
Upon reading the news, Mike and I could only shake our heads in silence. There are, and can really never be, any words to express the deep sorrow we felt to have such a young light no longer brighten our physical world. Nor could there really be any words of comfort that could soothe or dull the loss and sorrow they must be feeling.
Even as I write this, I fear that anything I publish would only feel hollow and wonder if I should even hit the bright orange button.
There is a saying in Hawaiian:
O kau aku, o ka ia la mai,
pelâ ka nohona o ka `ohana.
It literally means; From you and from him – so lived the family. The true interpretation of the saying, however, is much deeper than can be translated on such a cursory level; "Make every day count. Appreciate every moment, and take from it everything you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again. Then, give back fully with a grateful heart."
This is what Bernadette and her family have done. And she has given back to all of us who read her blog. She and Hayden have given us inspiration. They have given us hope. They have given us love. They have given us laughter and tears. They have given us, themselves, so that we may remember and appreciate just how precious our time in this physical realm is.
Thank you Bernadette, Duane, Scarlett, and most importantly, Hayden. Your light, Hayden, will forever burn strong and bright in your family and in all those whom your story has touched.
M, M, R & E