LSOF: Leaving a Legacy


My dear ffriend now in heaven

We all have a background song for our life, one that describes who we are, and what we are about.
One that speaks our heart, passion for life, and plays in our mind at such a volume we forget the
rest of the world exists.

For my friend Cally, that song was, ” The Greatest Love Of All” By: Whitney Houston.
She used to sing this song often, and when I would ask her to, she would sing it for me.
I actually have it playing on repeat in the background as I write this.
While its brought me to tears several times today; I can now listen and it comforts me.
Every lyric speaks what her hearts cry was.

” I decided long ago never to walk in anyone’s shadows,
if I fail ,if I succeed, at least I lived as I believed,
no matter what they take from me,
they can’t take away my dignity.”

I’ve never experienced a death of a friend that had such impact over my life before.
I was blessed to have Cally in my life.

I think in a lot of ways, she helped me be who I am today.
I owe my quirkiness, and creativity to her, she didn’t let me be afraid,
she always encouraged me to just be me, no matter what anyone thought.
Though she could not do the same for herself.

Cally lived daily trying to love the world, but the world would not
love her the way that she wanted it to.
Cally tried to give to the world, but the world would not
receive what she had to give.

Cally tried to share Jesus with everyone she met,
and encourage them anyway she could…
She’ll never know that she succeeded in doing that.

I had so many people say to me today,
” She was the girl who worked at the gas station. She was so nice.
She was always talking to me. Always so encouraging.
We would take awhile to leave, but we didn’t mind so much,
she was good to talk to.”

Cally worked at a gas station right out of highschool.
She didn’t have huge dreams like some of us do, for her the huge dream
was doing what she could, and being who she was to the world,
the way God wanted her to be.

I heard the other day that maybe our “destination” of our calling,
isn’t somewherelse…maybe it is right here where we are right now,
with whatever we are doing.

Cally was the most inspiring person on this earth, beyond what she felt psychologically.

After I found out Cally passed away, I jumped out of bed, and went upstairs to the attic,
and rummaging through the garage to find this letter I want to share.

I wondered if I should share it, because it was something she wrote for me,
but I decided others should see it, so they can see firsthand the legacy
that Cally left.


” Dear Angie,

Thank you so much for being you, amazing to me, your true.
If anyone should touch me in this manner, or really shock me with their
honesty and loyalty, it will be because of you.
You’ve given me faith that people who think, feel, love, and care, like
you are real.
You have all the qualities anyone could ever desire for a friend,
and then many added bonuses,
You are a talented writer, and never forget that your thoughts
are different can and will inspire something, no one else can
but you.
You are also very good at encouraging, and finding gifts in others.
One of your gifts is being the wind which helps your loved ones fly.
Sometimes I find it hard to believe that someone like you could relate,
and feel like me. I guess its because I look up to you.
I am proud to be your friend and honored to be your best.
Anyone could’ve, anyone would’ve, Thank you!
I am shocked and appauled to believe anyone would, or has treated you badly, and with
little insignificance.
They didn’t and they don’t know what they’re missing.
Angie, remember that, and remember this, you are special in God’s eyes!

Love,

Cally

A Legacy is left when one chooses to live their life with real meaning, otherwise they are just left
as a memory in the back of someone’s mind.

Let’s not be people that live life for ourselves, and miss out on the people out there in the world,
that need to know they are loved, that need encouragement.

Cally had deep pain, but the love she had for people went deeper.

She has no more suffering. Safe in the arms of Jesus.

Cally’s favorite Bible verse:

Job 32:6-10

“I am young in years,
and you are old;
that is why I was fearful,
not daring to tell you what I know.

I thought, ‘Age should speak;
advanced years should teach wisdom.’

But it is the spirit in a man,
the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding.

It is not only the old [c] who are wise,
not only the aged who understand what is right.

“Therefore I say: Listen to me;
I too will tell you what I know.

I believe the children are our are future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be
Everybody searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone to fulfill my needs
A lonely place to be
So I learned to depend on me

[Chorus:]
I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can’t take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be

[Chorus]

And if by chance, that special place
That you’ve been dreaming of
Leads you to a lonely place
Find your strength in lov
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2 thoughts on “LSOF: Leaving a Legacy

  1. Angie thank you for them beautiful words your wrote of my Daughter Cally-She was blessed to have you for a friend. And you totally got who she was! Thank you for your love and friendship you had with her. She held you dear to her heart! Love Cally’s Momma LaNell

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