We all have a new life now.
I have great things to say about my sister, but I want to use my time telling you about your new life.
Today we grieve, today we mourn, but tomorrow we work.
You must fulfill your purpose. I don’t know what your purpose is, but your must find it and fulfill it.
One of the things Leah did for all of us is to encourage us as we went along our way. A deep realization I had upon her passing was of all of the things I now must do. Let’s see if you have a list similar to mine.
First, I have to join NPR and stop stealing free radio. Leah was very clear about this. I told her I would do it, but then I didn’t do it. When she died I knew I had to do it quick.
I have to restart my business. She knows it, I know it. I have to give more. Not some unknown quantity. Thanks to Leah, I know exactly how much I have to give. Finally, among other things, I have to fulfill our family legacy.
These things are a part of my purpose. I may not fulfill my dreams, but I will fulfill my purpose, and you must also.
Leah did not fulfill all of her dreams, but because she did not ignore her purpose, she reached some of her dreams.
So I tell you today not what you should do, but what you must do. Leah’s life charges you.
- Love Yourself
- Love People
- Help People
- Learn Forever
- Respect Others
- Stop Suffering, Injustice, Hatred
- Cherish Health
- Fulfill Your Purpose
At Leah’s funeral in Michigan, my brother, John Spencer McCollough made a statement. He said that it would be tempting to think that she had been taken away from us too soon. It would be tempting to say that Leah’s life was cut short. But in truth, if Leah had lived another 40 years, she could not have loved any more. She could not have given of herself more. She could not have helped more. The truth is Leah lived exactly as she was supposed to live.
Finally, as the first act of the fulfillment of my purpose, I would like to know and love people more. I am a private person who doesn’t reach out to people much. But I want to change that.
So though I do not work with you, I didn’t go to school with you, I don’t know most of you, I would be pleased to be your friend. Past the grieving and into the future. If our paths cross, please consider me a friend.
The future brings a lot of work as Leah continues to live through all of us. There are legal affairs to be addressed. There is the matter of funds being collected to do great things in her honor, and I am considering pushing for legislation to raise public health awareness so that Leah’s death, like her life, serves others.
So when you ask us how you can help, there’s plenty to do. Just listen out for me, Doug, your friend, calling.
I bid you Peace, Love, and Blessings.