At the end of each calendar year, news outlets publish the names of those luminaries who have died in the past twelve months. We see lists of musicians, actors, sports stars, scientists, government leaders and other citizens of the world who, we are reminded, will be missed.
The implication is that those who have died can never be replaced. Guess what. They soon will be by the next collection of people who excel in similar life pursuits.
A once popular country song sung by the fabulous George Jones speaks of the irreplaceable voices of country music. In 2013, he took his own leave of us; thus making the list for that year. Take a couple of minutes to listen to “Whose Gonna Fill Their Shows” on this video link. As you listen to the lyrics, please think beyond the realm of old-time country musicians.
With the publication of these lists, we are likely reminded of our own mortality. We all get one turn. We pass this way but once. It is somehow reassuring to know that when we pass, someone will fill our shoes.
The challenge for each of us is to make our lives count for others until our lives end. That is a lesson reinforced when our two granddaughters came into my life.