He never took life at face value; he never looked at life thru a set of smoked filled glasses. He looked at life square in its eyes and said I’m ready, he loved life and life loved him back. He always had a kind word; a way of putting something where you would ponder his words for hours or days, and the wisdom that exuded from him was like a set of mud footprints everywhere he walked. Nothing was ever taken for granted and the senses God gave us to hear, to feel, to see, to smell, to taste is what life to him was all about! Taking advantage of your senses and this is what he did. Always taking time to really hear what someone he loved was really saying by repeating it back to them so there was no misunderstanding and the meaning was clear. He touched those he loved by reaching out and taking their hands sometimes and hugging them followed with a sincere kiss. He never rushed through life not seeing the things and people along life’s way, but sometimes in this thing called life he took time to just sit down during this journey and take a break; to be with friends and family to develop memories that will be with you for a lifetime. God has given us a gift of smelling those things that are good or not in life, but either way take time to smell those things in life that bring fond memories, create new insights, and learning from those things and people who don’t smell so good. He never missed the opportunity to taste and see for himself what this thing called life was all about. God said, “Oh, come taste and see for yourself how good I am.” Tasting does not necessarily mean with your pallet, but tasting requires you to seek out things in life that are there for the ready-- waiting for you to find and explore. So many things at your disposal and this he constantly reminded me; a new city, a new lease on life, a new way of thinking, a new way of doing things, a new beginning, just do something/anything new.
Life does not deal us the hand we hoped for like in a game of spades, where sometimes you don’t have enough books to make board. But there are other times when the hand you are dealt allows you to sweep the board. However, either way you have to work with the hand you’ve been dealt because in this life it’s no giving back the cards or saying I quit; you still gotta live regardless of how many books you can make. But you see when you sit down in this game of life you do have a partner, a brother, a friend like no other who comes along to help you go over the books you thought could be made—that would be God, Jesus Christ, who gives us the Holy Spirit. So, my friend would always say “It’s like that!” with no uncertain terms. Life is like that! Deal with it! Use what God has given you—your senses, your sanity, your spirit, and all the love you can muster to look life square in the eyes and say I’m here and I ain’t going nowhere; I will enjoy this life to the fullest. When my time comes to get up from the table of the game of spades and be called home, I pray that you and I have used every sensory at our advantage to taste and see for yourself how good this thing called life can truly be! It’s like that!!! I lost friend who lived life this way, and he would always end his sentences with “It’s like that”, always in my heart and memories Cedric Hinson.
By Tina Kay Hughes, Author of “TKay’s Inspirationals: Walking In Your Season” visit www.tinakay.net