Every time I read an article by Rory Feek, I am quite honestly in awe. This man writes such beautiful prose though we all know his heart is broken as Joey’s health continues to decline. When I read this article today http://thislifeilive.com/one-last-kiss/, it touched me in a different way than any of the others. I have very seldom, if ever, seen a picture of Rory Feek not smiling, even if it is just a grin. With all of the emotional turmoil going on inside of him, he smiles. He smiles because he knows Joey is going to be fine in Heaven. He smiles because he loves his daughters so much. He smiles because he is thankful. Thankful for the days he has her, thankful for the beautiful memories, thankful for their beautiful daughter, Indiana, and that he will always have a part of Joey with him.
If Joey and Rory Feek were not “celebrities,” and you passed him on the street and he smiled, you would never know the burdens on that man’s shoulders. He has accepted Joey’s illness and what is to come with grace, dignity, and kindness. That is what I have learned from this. He is genuinely kind to anyone and everyone. He has taught us that our world can change in an instant. He is living the death of his beloved wife, yet he is kind. Kind in his words, kind in his thoughts, and kind in his smile. He has taught us to hold dearly to those we love. Hug them, kiss them, talk to them, snuggle, cuddle, play, and love them. That man is a pillar of strength even with all that he is dealing with on the inside. He writes with kindness and sincerity that inspires people like you and me by sharing his innermost thoughts and feelings. I think that is nothing short of amazing.
In closing, I ask you to show kindness to everyone. Those you know, those you meet, and those you pass on the street. You never know what battle someone is facing behind the smile.
“I shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being; let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” -Etienne de Grellet, Quaker Missionary