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Final 120 Days

He’s dying with Grace

This is the last Sanibel sunset photo from our week-long trip. Was aware that Joel’s Sun might set before we returned to Orlando.

He’s dying with Grace.

Joel is the one who suggested our after-daycare hug in 2003.

We just concluded this tradition after Chapin’s final day in High School.

Today would be a perfect day to visit and thank him in person (again) – had the glorious opportunity to thank him six months ago when Disney Institute (DI) colleagues gathered after the funeral of another beloved DI colleague, 51-year old Sara.

Joel cried happy tears when i told him we were finishing a 16-year tradition, thanks to his simple idea.

Want to know the value of a single day? Talk to someone who’s counting theirs.

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Dear Son

RIP Jack Noel 2001

Glacier Park hikes
Grinnell Glacier overlook. Can’t help but wonder what my Dad would have thought of this place.
Glacier Park hikes
Glacier National Park. My Dad, Jack Noel, never visited.

RIP Jack Noel.

Please don’t live in the past and dwell on what was lost or could have been.

Live fully present now and think about traditions and intentionality.

Getting to a daily place where you can be fully present will be achieved only though the trials, errors, and triumphs of a lifetime of ordinary days.

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Misinterpret

Mourn, celebrate, or both

Disney Marathon detour
Walt Disney World Marathon sign…my gym on right. Walking home.

Mourn, celebrate, or both?

Life is a marathon, not a sprint.

Fifty-one years old.

Twin 17-year olds.

Husband of 25 years.

These are stats many people never get close to experiencing.

None of us who pass the half-century mark should carry too much (if any) regret.

What a blessing to have stats like those.

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Misinterpret

The Facebook Messenger note had the seed of death

Disney Business books
Disney Business books fill some of my shelves.

When we are at our best, we are unafraid of death.

When are we at our best and when do feel this way?

Never?

Maybe.

A week ago, the Facebook note was sent to nine people in messenger…the first people that came to mind in sharing the news.

i was in that group.

The message said that a dear Disney Institute colleague was “very sick” in the hospital.

First glance made it sound bad but not terminal.

My take leaned to terminal.

So i reached out to someone in our group i thought knew the most.

i , unfortunately, was correct.

In a matter of days, the Disney Institute (from the early 2000’s) group has grown to 40+.

Most of us will see each other in two days at her funeral.

At some point, our daily efforts should slowly and steadily begin our preparation for our exit.

We’re in charge of this and it ain’t no secret.

Too busy, right?

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This Might Change Your Life

Have you planned your end of life?

Tracy Chapman song
Touching song.

Have you planned your end of life?

Yes?

So excited and happy for you.

Call, or text to coordinate a call, and tell me all about it.

i (desperately) want to learn from you.

Or, if you answered no, why not?

You are planning to take care of it, right?

Because if you don’t know, no one else has got a clue.

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