Everyone that knew Don knew that he collected things, books, news clippings, magazines, postcards, stamps, he even collected his e-mails and frequently cut out quotes from them and hung them in his workspace. He worked for a large teaching hospital as a Systems Analyst, he did coding.
For some time now I have had the quote that seemed to hold the the most prominent position in my husband’s cluttered (I have pictures ) I am sure in his mind organized work space. I am guessing this based on the multitude of thumbtack holes in the paper and the very large font of the quote as compared to the others. I have to guess this because Don was retired when we met and all I am going by is the box of things that came home from the office on the day of his retirement that was never unpacked.
This precious gem of insight into my beloved’s past is a quote by author Lou Austin who’s most famous book was “The Little Me and The Great Me” published in 1957. titled Quote of the day and dated April 17th, 2003 it reads
YOU ARE HERE FOR A PURPOSE. THERE IS NOT A DUPLICATE OF YOU IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD; THERE NEVER HAS BEEN, THERE NEVER WILL BE. YOU WERE BROUGHT HERE AND NOW TO FILL A CERTAIN NEED . TAKE TIME TO THINK THAT OVER.
I have had this quote on my refrigerator since about three months after Donald’s death when I came across it. It has given me a connection to him. It has given me strength. It has helped to remind me that I have a calling in this life and that I need to continue to seek out the clarification of that calling. I have decided that now as the second anniversary of our wedding approaches it is time for me to move on to see what the next quote has to teach me about life, about myself, about Donald, and about the God that we both passionately believed loved everyone. So today I have turned to the next quote.
I will fill you in soon on what it is already teaching me.