I was thinking about death last night (It makes sense, I promise.), and I came to an interesting idea. Someone was discussing how she couldn’t understand why someone so amazing as the friend who just died could die. Why would God take away someone who brings so much to the world? she asked, rhetorically.
And what came to mind almost immediately, was, ‘Because it was time for that good to spread.’
Now that that person is gone, all of the people in her life who found her to be spectacular, now have a sense of powerful, willing obligation to carry on a This or a That from her life. This way, although this one person only impacted so many people directly by living, the desire to keep good in the world drives those people to carry on her good to others, directly affecting more people than she ever even met. Whenever we lose someone we love, it is common and natural for us to carry forward consciously and intentionally something that person would say or do in life. We already do a good amount of that unintentionally, of course, but the death of a person affects us in a different way, often calling us to even note inpactful action in our lives. And so, losing someone so wonderful can almost feel like the world saying, ‘Okay, it’s time to increase this good influence on the world exponentially.’
Kind of cool, I think. It’s an idea, nonetheless.