Moving Forward Unapologetically Real

Unapologetically Real Inspired by Earl M.

Turn Around

Image Credit: Earl Musick

My friend Earl Musick is no stranger to this blog. He first appeared in Allow Me to Introduce You…

Earl brought me to tears today with this story:

“Difficult night. Yesterday I had lunch with one of my dearest friends. We have been close friends for over 30 years. When I was leaving the building I had a strange urge to stop back in his office and say goodbye. I stepped into his office and said “Mike, Mike, I love you man.” He replied “I love you too , Earl” Mike had a heart attack and was killed in a car accident on the way home yesterday afternoon. Wow, This one Really Hurts.
Please don’t be afraid to tell people that you love them while you still can. I love you Mike. I am really going to miss you.”

Many are afraid to express feelings, especially to friends or acquaintances.

I used to be.

I feared rejection, that the feelings may not be returned.

But no longer.

I suppose tremendous loss forces one to appreciate every small thing.

Like Earl, I listen to my strange urge, inner voice, intuition, heart strings, gut instinct. There are many descriptive words for the feeling.

That willingness to listen has brought many serendipitous moments into my life – made it richer and full of colorful moments.

Earl’s moment of saying a final goodbye to his longtime friend was serendipity.

He didn’t know why, there was no good reason to stop and pivot.

Except the strange urge to go back into the building, straight to his friend’s office and say “I love you man.”

He could have brushed off the strange urge and gone on with his day, but he didn’t.

Earl listened…

and turned around.

He is glad he did.

Be like Earl.


Turn Around

(and take plenty of pictures)!

XO Lisa ❤️

PS I love you Earl, my friend… You are always an inspiration!

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