Last week I attended a double memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery to celebrate the lives of Jim and Sally Paxton — close family friends who played a pivotal role in my life growing up.
A dynamic duo, the Paxtons were full of life, energy, and an open invitation to drop all your worries, grab a beer and float your cares away in their beautiful backyard pool. Still madly in love in their eighties, it felt fitting to lay them to rest as a couple after losing them both over the course of last year.
As always, death invites reflection and contemplation into our lives. In this case, here are two life lessons I took away from my most recent dance with what will inevitably happen to each of us.