Movin’ On To Heaven at 42 and 7

Tommy Wipf and Tom Larson

These two guys were pretty special in my life. And as we all know, life is fragile; and any of us can make the transition—at any moment—to the next place in life.

Uncle Tom died at age 42 of cancer. Cousin Tommy died at 7 of a rare disease of the immune system. Tom was my godfather; Tommy was my godson.

When I lead classes on effective time management or uncovering life purpose, I pass around a framed version of the photo above. Many of the class participants seem to struggle with just how, precisely, to identify what’s most important in their life with all that they have going on, tugging at them. I always say that when you get down to it, though, it’s not as tough to figure out as one might think.

The sweet picture of my two special guys always drives the message home.

At the core, we all do know what’s important to us. But life gets busy, things get in the way, and we (I’m including myself here) slowly move away from—or tend to lose sight of—the things in life that are dear to us and bring us joy. We might have occasional glimpses of that preciousness of life, but we become too involved and immersed in the details of life to slow down and take notice.

After Tommy died in 1990, I received a card from a friend with this verse written on it:

Each life is indeed a gift.
No matter how short,
No matter how fragile.
Each life is indeed a gift
To be held in our hearts forever

Let this be a reminder to fully live your life now and follow your joy.

Note: For a truly beautiful book of love letters, written to Tommy by his mom (my Aunt Jane), read A Fistful of Agates.

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10 Responses to “Movin’ On To Heaven at 42 and 7”

  • What a beautiful message, inspired by two obviously beautiful souls. Thank you for sharing it with all of us.

    I often wonder what it is inside of us that likes to turn a cold shoulder to the idea of our own mortality? We watch death all around us, yet we think somehow we're 'safe.' Or maybe it's a protection mechanism, because if we did live each day as though it were our last, what would life be like then? I'm not sure, but I always appreciate gentle nudges to stop and take time to center myself in love. If I'm operating from love as much as possible, I think I could feel all right leaving this body behind today… If that's the way it was intended.

    Blessings and joy to you!

  • Tracy says:

    A very touching message, Michelle. Thank you :-)
    Tracy McD

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing your latest blog, Michelle. I just read it on a morning where I really need it.

    Keep up the great work and follow your bliss.

  • Liv says:

    Thanks for the reminder of what is most precious and important in our lives!

  • Bruce McFarlan says:

    What a beautiful photo of Tom & Tommy!
    It's wonderful to read your words about them. Tom was such an exceptional human being and a very precious gift to those of us who were lucky enough to have known him.
    Thanks Michelle!

  • Char says:

    You are so right on with this message! We tend to forget, who and what is really important! Thanks for reminding us to listen to our earthbound and heavenly angels!
    Thank you!!

  • What a powerful thing to do in your classes. This really hits home. Thanks Michelle!

  • Sharon says:

    ohhhhhhhhhhh Michelle. I am crying. I miss those guys too…the picture took my breath away when the screen popped open……the only thing that comforts me is knowing that they are in Heaven together, resting and playing. What wonderful "souls" they were. I love you, Sharon ps GodSpeed Tom and Tommy :)

  • Jane says:

    What a powerful tool to use this photo in your time management classes Michelle! It is a wake-up call.
    In the end Tom and Tommy focused away from this twinkling-of-an-eye time on earth to that of heaven. Tom said to mom in tears, "I cry for joy!"
    And Tommy lived and followed his desire, "I wish I was 100 years old so I can go to heaven and be with God because I love him so much."
    Hugs to you Michelle as you miss these gentle, funny, loving guys! They loved you so!!

  • How cool to share something important…and feel that everyone is right along with you. Thank you for your great comments. :)

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