My Uncle Dan…A Happy Man.
My Uncle Dan passed away this week at the age of 86. He had and lived a wonderful life. Now I know people reading this did not know Uncle Dan but my message is important to me and I hope it provokes some thoughts in you.
You see, Uncle Dan had a spirit about him that I can honestly say was unique to anyone I have ever met. He simply looked at everything in life in a positive manner. In my 55 years of knowing him I never heard him say a negative word about anyone or anything….Really. He would simply smile and and say something positive.
Uncle Dan worked at Ford for his whole career and was the ultimate Ford man. I never heard him say a bad word about work or Ford…this seems to be a trend in his life. But the most important thing in Uncle Dan’s life was clearly his family. He would simply light up when his wife, my lovely Aunt Jeanne or three children, my wonderful cousins where mentioned. I truly believe every sports practice, ballet recital or birthday party for him was the highlight of his day.
Now to why I am writing this for you to read. You see, Uncle Dan was possibly the happiest person I have ever known. Really. Now he experienced life’s losses…losing his Dad at a young age, a little sister far too young. But in spite of life’s ups and downs he was so darn happy. His life long lesson to me is clear now. Be positive, look for the good in everyone, cherish your family, work hard, don’t be negative and you are going to enjoy life and most of all be happy. Isn’t that what we all strive for in the long run?
So the next time I think to criticise someone or complain about something I am going to invision my Uncle Dan. The attitude, the smile and the results.
Heaven has another Irishman today…and indeed it is bit happier because Uncle Dan has joined the group.
Thanks for reading, Regards, Larry.