The Unfinished Symphony of Life Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 449

Yesterday evening, Laurel and I drove out to Sandusky, Ohio, where she was officiating at a memorial service for a beloved community doctor who had spent his entire career at the local hospital. He was adored and praised by his colleagues and patients alike, a humble family man, who, at the height of his career, at 68 years old, was now looking ahead to December to begin winding down his medical practice and begin to really live and enjoy life to its fullest.

He was an avid sportsman, water skiing, canoeing, fishing, as well as skilled in alpine skiing and snowboarding. He was as at home in the outdoors as he was in the operating room. His 95-year-old mother is in great health, he and his wife were building a home in Florida to be closer to her, since the kids had already left the nest.

He was passionate about so many things, but nothing compared to his love of piloting his small plane which he flew to destinations near and far on a whim like most of us drive to the grocery store. All that ended last Friday when he crashed his new plane on the flight path to Dayton where he was headed to pick up his soon to be son in law.

The Unfinished Symphony is one of Frank Schubert’s most famous and most beautiful musical creations. Although unfinished, his work enriched the lives of musicians and listeners around the world. Similarly, this tragic story, shares that one’s life, even when cut short, can leave a legacy of accomplishments to those left behind.

Why do I share this tragic story? It was a stark reminder that life is so fragile, and the future is unknown. We can’t put off seeing our dreams come to fruition or delay our happiness because of life’s challenges. They will always be there or waiting around the corner. It is on each of us to create our own happiness, accomplish our goals, impact others, and achieve our dreams.

Life is too short. Live your passions, rejoice in every moment, and live each and every day with fervor, tenacity and a positive outlook. Today is a gift, it’s why it’s called the present. Don’t let it go to waste.

Now, go out and take on the day!

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