Abrupt endings have a way of waking you up.

It reminds me of when I was learning how to ride a bike, and I was lucky enough to learn with training wheels. With them, I got to feel really confident riding my bike, until one day the training wheels were taken away, and much too soon as far as I was concerned.

Their absence forced me to go for a real ride on just two wheels. I had no other choice if I wanted to still ride my bike with any success. The training wheels were gone, but the confidence they gave me to ride that bike was still there. Come to think of it, if those training wheels had stayed on for longer like I had wanted, then my confidence might have started to slip and then be replaced with a fear that I could never lose them. The more you learn to lean on something, the harder it is to give it up.

It’s like with our most heroic and influential leaders. The last great gift they give us, is their final parting. It’s always, always too soon for our tender hearts. But when they do leave to finally rest in peace, it ignites a spark of confidence in us to now stand on our own two feet and continue forging ahead on the path they carved for us, so that we can honor their legacy.

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