Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life.
bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director
to play at a graveside service for a homeless military man. He had no
family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in
the Nova Scotia back country. As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I
got lost and because the area was so isolated I couldn't ask anyone for directions.
I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently
gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers
and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to
the men for being late.
I went to the side of the grave and looked down: the vault lid was
already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.
The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played
out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played
like I've never played before for this homeless man. And as I played
"Amazing Grace", the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all
wept together. When I finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for
my car. Though my head was hung low, my heart was full.
As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "That
was beeyooteeful! I never seen anything like that before, and I've been
putting in septic tanks for twenty years."