Our Director Died

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Floral Garden

I didn’t go to work today so I was able to sleep late.  I’m getting oral surgery which I’m not looking forward to.  I’m getting a dental implant to replace a missing tooth.  The only good thing about this is I’m off today and tomorrow yippee!

While getting ready to go to my appointment I decided to turn on the WIFI and check my Viber to see if I have messages.  And yes, I had messages from a work colleague/friend named Veronica and it was sad news.  Our Director died last night.  She had melanoma cancer. For the 3 years that I’ve been working there I knew that she’d been getting treatments because she took a lot of sick leave.  I was really shocked, I couldn’t believe she’s gone.  My friend described to me the atmosphere at work that day.  She said our boss called everyone in a room and then broke the sad news. Everybody started crying.  I’m working for a Catholic company. One of the nuns at work said a prayer for our director.

The news I received today won’t leave my mind.  I still can’t believe she’s gone. I’m hoping that she’ll be coming back. I remember not that long ago I was fishing for some information from my colleagues about her condition because she was gone for so long.  The last time I saw her was around January when we had snowstorms left and right (oh what a terrible winter we had this year).

I will never forget when she came to my desk one morning to call me to her office to talk to me about something.  She made a point to tell me right away that I wasn’t in trouble.  She knew I hate being called into someone’s office. I always jump to the conclusion that I did something wrong.  She looked at me smiling and said, “Don’t worry you are not in trouble. Okay?”

When I marched into her office I was surprised to see the HR Director was there too.  It turned out all that it was about was that they wanted to offer me a new position.   Someone left our department and they needed a replacement for that position immediately.

They discussed the position with me and I accepted it. During the discussion I said a joke in the middle of our serious talk.  I teased our director that if she was offering her position to me I want to decline the offer. She laughed so hard along with the HR Director and said, “Isn’t she a riot?”

Now, she’s gone. She lost her battle with cancer. She was such a sweet lady, always smiling and a very accommodating person.

While thinking about her this afternoon I remember this one song by The Carpenters, The End of the World.  I know this is a breakup song but there’s a part of the song that goes like this:

I wake up in the morning and I wonder

Why everything’s the same as it was

I can’t understand. No I can’t understand

How life goes on the way it does

Truly, when someone dies and they depart from the life here on earth the wider world never notices that someone is no longer part of the world we live in. The only people who will be affected by her passing are the ones who knew her and who loved her.  The rest of the world won’t miss her. Like the song says, “Life goes on the way it does.”

This thought is sad and scary. Why? I said sad because the people we will leave behind will miss us so much.  And I also said scary because our soul continues on after death and there are two possible final destinations.  Heaven or Hell.  If we don’t know where we will end up, that’s really scary.  Some of you might not agree with me on this but the Bible says there is really eternal life.

You will be able to attain this eternal life if you will surrender yourself to the one true GOD, and that is Jesus Christ, and accept him as your personal Lord and Savior.  It says this in John 3:16.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16.