Despite the fact he was only in Randall’s home for a short time, William took time to enjoy the little things in life. He had daily conversations with the mailman who delivered the mail. We realize this when the mailman asked Randall, “Is your father ok?” when Randall responds he had passed away, the mailman tearfully explains, “when I didn’t see your dad on his daily walk, I got worried.” People within his Narcotics Anonymous meetings also asked about him and were devastated when he passed. Randall, on the other hand, receives a generic typed card signed “The team” and a case of pears (of which he is deathly allergic.) Randall realizes he has spent so many years of his life dedicated to a company who don’t know him anymore than they did ten years ago.
William enjoyed the little things in life. Donning his favorite hat, he’d walk in his neighborhood saying hello to he neighbors and taking an interest in their lives.
This is one way in which William transforms Randall’s life. Randall is learning that the most impotent things in life are not things but rather the people that surround you as you go throughout life.
What are the little things in life you are missing—the little flowers that pop up by your home. A moment to play fetch with your dog. Enjoying the laughter of a baby. These are the moments that are fleeting yet make life so much more enjoyable. When we take our last breath, it won’t be the degrees hanging on our wall or the large savings account we will reflect on, but the memories we are lucky enough to have made during the fleeting moments that comprise our lives. Make the most of them.
May we all have the same impact William had on the people in his life.