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Rebirth, Death, and Love on the Longest Day of the Year

Today offers a strange convergence of dates and anniversaries and emotions for me.

It’s the day I died—only to be brought back to life by unknown doctors and nurses in an emergency room in Mexico.

It’s also the day in another year when I went to my brother’s home to box up his belongings after he died of the same type of heart attack.

And, of course, it’s also Fathers Day, bringing with it all the jumbled feelings of my own role as a son, then a father.

Each of these days…those moments and events… are interwoven through and through with the lives of countless friends and family who have shared my life. Sometimes I am simply overwhelmed with love and gratitude for those who joined me on the way.

Luckily, today is the longest day of the year.  It’s as if the Universe wanted to make sure we had enough time to remember and to love each other.

So happy Fathers Day, Re-birth Day, and Summer Equinox to all of us. It’s a great ride, isn’t it?

“Just a golden wash of goodness has spread over all and over all my body and mind–Simple
golden eternity blessing all–Something good will come out of all things yet–
And it will be golden and eternal just like that–
There’s no need to say another word.” ~ Jack Kerouac

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