Below Average

I spend most of my time here talking about average people and high achievers.  But by definition, if there are average and high achievers, there must also be people who are below average.  Who is that person?

I heard about this one on the Kevin and Bean show who found this this obituary in the Vallejo Times-Herald:

Dolores Aguilar, born in 1929 in New Mexico, left us on Aug. 7, 2008. Dolores had no hobbies, made no contribution to society and rarely shared a kind word or deed in her life. I speak for the majority of her family when I say her presence will not be missed by many, very few tears will be shed and there will be no lamenting over her passing.

“Her family will remember Dolores and amongst ourselves we will remember her in our own way, which were mostly sad and troubling times throughout the years. We may have some fond memories of her and perhaps we will think of those times, too. But I truly believe at the end of the day all of us will really only miss what we never had, a good and kind mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. I hope she is finally at peace with herself. As for the rest of us left behind, I hope this is the beginning of a time of healing and learning to be a family again.

“There will be no service, no prayers and no closure for the family she spent a lifetime tearing apart.  We cannot come together in the end to see to it that her grandchildren and great-grandchildren can say their goodbyes. So I say here for all of us, goodbye Mom.”

It doesn’t matter what your abilities, gifts or passion no one wants to leave this legacy.  You don’t have to be talented or exceptional to pursue a life of love, generosity and kindness.  That begins today.

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