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Editor Joan Ritchie's editorial from this week's issue of The Moose Jaw Express
Editorial by Joan Ritchie

After it’s all said and done and our years’ have come and gone, I am sure everyone hopes that they could say their lives were well-lived, with no regrets, before they meet their maker.  

I am hoping that most individuals have some integrity and don’t sell their souls for the almighty dollar in this lifetime or sell their souls for a little notoriety, that has been deemed by some as “notoriously corrupt.”  

The funny thing is, we come with nothing to the table of life and we will leave this earth with nothing except our investments into lives of those we have impacted, hopefully for the good.  There won’t be a U-Haul behind the hearse toting your goods to your heavenly reward.  

When I hear and see the conversations of some individuals within our community for all to view on Facebook, full of foul and obscene language and full of hate and unashamedly stating it, it makes me wonder how they can be so brazen and unabashed in their behaviour.  “Hate” is a pretty strong word!  

As well, all those individuals who condone the said behaviour are no better; seemingly without any human decency to stand up for what is right. It’s like a den of vipers that stands for the exact opposite…and to what avail?    

The other day I saw a clip of Mike Tyson, one of the best heavyweights of all times. The clip was actually mouth-dropping when he heartfeltly flipped his heavy weight belt off the table and stated remorsefully, “I bled for garbage; it means nothing!”  

It’s very impactful to see someone who was deemed and lived out much of his life as the “baddest man on the planet,” realize that much of his sacrifice and compromise in life was in vain. Thankfully he came to his senses and realized a greater peace in living a better way.  

If we could only realize what is important in life, we would be able to write our own inspiring epitaphs with integrity, rather than having regrets at life’s end.  

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.  

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