Life Before Death

“Yesess and Noees”

by Shel Silverstein

The Yesees said yes to anything

That anyone suggested.

The Noees said no to everything

Unless it was proven and tested.

So the Yesees all died of much too much

And the Noees all died of fright,

But somehow I think the Thinkforyourselves

All came out all right.

This poem reminds me of the priest’s homily on Easter Sunday.

He started by asking the congregation, “Is there life before death?”

Obviously, the answer is yes, but it’s not that simple.

There is life before death IF you think for yourselves and realize God is present in everything.

Do not be a Noee and live your life in fear because it will inhibit you to grow to your full potential and experience endless possibilities.

Be fearless of the ultimate fear of death.

Enjoy what you have and what’s to come before it’s too late.

Do not be a Yesee because then you may say yes to something that is unjust.

Instead, think for yourself and do what is RIGHT for you.

But, the big question is, how do you know what’s truly right for you?

How do you know you’re on the path you’re supposed to be on?

And then,

The priest ended his homily with this, “Do not be prisoners of fear, but angels of the Easter proclamation.”

Those were powerful words to me, but it made me think of what Easter  is all about and if I truly understood it.

When I was little, Easter was all about egg hunting and what I got in my Easter basket. I never knew what Easter was all about, and why I got all these things.

It was a great day to spend quality time with my family.

The weather’s just starting to get nicer so you feel new and alive.

Just like we’re rising from hibernation, Jesus rose from the dead.

Jesus lived a hard life, filled with miracles and hardships.

His death was a sacrifice, only to show us his biggest miracle of all,

rising from the dead.

You must make sacrifices to get something greater in return.

Live your life remembering others and serve them in any way you can, whether it’s giving a homeless person a fruit or holding the door for someone instead of it slamming in their face.

Spread the feeling of joy that many people feel on Easter.

Give them the feeling of faith and hope that Jesus gave everyone on this day.

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” (Unknown)

‘Til next week world,

Miss You


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