Nothing Is Trivial
SINful friends, I borrow the title of today’s post from the 1994 film The Crow, the last starring role for Brandon Lee, the son of Bruce Lee. Brandon suffered a fatal accident during the filming of The Crow, which made many of his lines in the film all the more poignant. For me the one that always stuck out was when Brandon Lee’s character Eric Draven, while speaking of his dead fiancee Shelly, says “Little things used to mean so much to Shelly. I used to think they were kind of… trivial. Believe me, nothing is trivial.”
Right now that line hurts. It stabs me in the gut and twists and rips. I know if I’m affected like this Mrs. AP is feeling it a dozen, a hundred, a thousand times worse.
Last night, yesterday, whatever it’s called at this point, Mrs. AP lost a life-long friend. The Tampa Bay area lost one of it’s long-time community influences. The Castle family lost a brother. And while I met Jim Beeler only once, his radiance and warmth and genuine goodness will forever be emblazoned in my memory. As others have better said elsewhere, he is gone too soon.
Nothing is trivial, SINful friends. While I know we don’t need the untimely passing of a loved one, friend, or even passing acquaintance to remind us of that, the sting of this won’t pass for me unless I work through it. For Mrs. AP, who has known Jim for as long as she can remember, this wound will take much longer to heal.
If you knew Jim and need information regarding his memorial service or his life celebration afterward, information can be found via the events posted to The Castle’s Facebook page.
Stay SINful, friends.