Generations with crazy physical prowess and agility matched with integrity and profound love.
I attended the funeral of a grand man a week ago. A man whose father was a gymnast. This man was marked with Tough Grit, Steel Determination and ‘No Fear’ combined with compassion for the hearts of those he taught. “Be humble when you win, and proud when you loose. Know, that this may be the game, where the opponents are older, tougher and stronger, but you give everything you have anyways! This may be the game when you begin as a boy, and finish as a man”.
Hundreds attended the funeral. Lives touched profoundly by the character and determination of this man, who worked hard for the team to win – accompanied by the medals to match the passion – as baseball coach, soccer coach, dragon boat captain, Son, Brother, Husband, Father and Grandfather. His legacy lives on. Sons marked with the agility and ability to invest in the lives of others, to love deeply and risk much, impacting the generations to come. ‘No Fear’ is being passed down to Grandchildren, who are already taking up the mantle of determination.
Thank you, to those captained and coached by Danny Strain for sharing his impact on your lives. Thank you to the Strain Clan, for sharing the stories and the life, of your Brother, Husband and Father, who lived life large, who fought the fight, bravely, facing each day with courage. The legacy of Daniel Robert Strain lives on.
Each of us have been woven together with gifts. Even if we have not known those who have gone on before us, we each have the option to choose to walk in our skills and abilities. But no matter what inborn talents we have, matching those gifts with fierce love, integrity, tenacity and compassion, impacts our world and creates legacy. May we be torch bearers. May we pass the baton effectively to the next generation.