The Five Lessons from the Five People you meet in Heaven

1. Life and people
All lives intersect. Death doesn’t just take someone, it misses someone else, and in the small distance between being taken and being missed, lives are changed. People died instead of other people. But there is a balance to it all. One withers, another grows. Birth and death are part of a whole. It is why we are drawn to babies,…and to funerals.
Strangers are just family you have yet come to know.
No life is a waste. The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we are alone.

2. Sacrifice
Sacrifice is part of life. It’s not something to regret. It’s something to aspire to. Little sacrifices. Big sacrifices. Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious (like your life), you’re not really losing it. You’re just passing it on to someone else. You lost something, but you gained something as well.

3. Anger and forgiveness
Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves. Forgive. No one is born with anger. When we die, the soul is freed of it. But now, in heaven, in order to move on, you must understand why you felt what you did, and why you no longer need to feel it. You need to forgive.

4. Love
Lost love is still love. It takes a different form, that’s all. But when senses weaken, another heightens. Memory. Memory becomes your partner. You nurture it. You hold it. You dance with it.
Life has to end. Love doesn’t.

5. Your Life’s Purpose
You are where you are for a purpose. You are supposed to be where you are, your existence is to do what you do. You make things good for other people, is where you are supposed to be.

This book has been very inspiring, as inspiring as Tuesdays with Morrie. Most of the lessons can only be appreciated by reading the book, for some of the above are paraphrased and you won’t know what it really means until you read the story, especially #5.

Nevertheless, most of the lessons are very true. I think #2 is very appropriate. If you read the story, it really illustrates this: Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13). Jesus passed life on to everyone else.

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