There was an instant bond between myself and my friend, Lynda Reynolds, when 18 years ago we first met. I came to see that there wasn’t much this brilliant woman couldn’t do. If she had an interest in something unfamiliar to her, she took a class to learn how to do it and then master it. Her heart was big, she loved unconditionally, but she never backed down when defending something she believed was right.
We spent many hours laughing, plotting, and enjoying one another’s company. She was bigger than life. She lived every minute she had on this earth being grateful, living a full life one adventure at a time, and most of all loving her family. She was beyond proud of each and every one of them. In her words; “I’ve got a herd” she says.
It wasn’t long ago that she lost her husband Bill. She missed him and felt a little lost without him.
After what seemed to the rest of us a very short illness, Lynda left us this week and went home to be with Bill. I can’t express the void she will leave in not only my life, but in the community, among her family and among the thousands of friends and lives she has touched along the way.
She was one of a kind. Those of us lucky enough to know her will never forget her.
When she told me she was sick, she gave me two days to feel bad, but said after that to get on with my life.
Although life is still good today, it’s hard to think about tomorrow without my dear friend.
Value your loved loved ones, treasure your friends, and love unconditionally – just as Lynda did.
There is craziness and turmoil in our world today. We’ve all faced unexpected challenges in the last few months. We’ve learned to live a different way.
As things trend back to what we think is normal, we can be a little wiser. We’ve all been blessed with life. What we do with it is up to us.
One step; one day at a time. Life is still good today.