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By Michael L. Ramirez
June 25, 2009

First off, I would like to take a moment to pay my respect & remember the 3 Celebrities we lost this past week. Ed McMahon (The Sidekick), Farrah Fawcett (The Angel) & Michael Jackson (The King Of Pop). Each one in their own way made an impact on this world when they were with us. They will be missed.

It really doesn't matter what planet you're on let alone which universe. When tragedy hits, the feeling is generally understood. Another observation I have is one that we all can relate to...

If a loved one becomes sick, Who feels the most pain? Hypothetically speaking, of course. Obviously, the one fighting to stay healthy is the right, albeit unfortunate choice. But, to the many supporters that are usually made up of family and friends, there is an overwhelming sense of helplessness. The feeling of wanting to make things better like a mother would care for their child is totally in play.

The person lying in bed doesn't need your sympathy or even your tears. That person is already aware of his / her situation and just needs everybody's strength and support. More often than not, we tend to start treating the afflicted as if they are 'leaving', for lack of a better term at the moment. It's hard, which is understood, but we have to enjoy the time that we have with that person. While they are still physically and mentally able and while we are still privileged to have them in our lives.

So many times, we tend to lose sight of what is important. Our priorities get so mixed up that we forget that the most important things in life are family, friends and a long healthy life. Keep in touch with those special people. In this day and age of email, IM's and cell phones, there are no more excuses. Again, we are not going to be here forever. Take advantage of your life and be grateful that you are still here to see another day. Unfortunately, some of us cannot afford that luxury.

Remember your family and friends. Don't fall into the trap of feeling regret. You cannot change the past but you can definitely learn from experience to help guide you from this day forward. Try not to sweat the little things. Stay up.

As for that special person that needs you there? Just BE There. In any way that you can. Your support and understanding, and most importantly your love can AND will do wonders. Try to enjoy life because we are all here on borrowed time. Rough, I know, but that's the truth. Sort out what's important to you, surround yourselves with things that make you happy, and just have faith, any kind of faith, and you should be ok.

Fate will take it from there.

I notice that we lose good people everyday while evil seems to live forever. This is a crazy world that's for sure.

Which leads me to this question, "In the end, who really are the lucky ones?"

The ones that are here,

or the ones that are leaving?

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