Finish Right

     This is an excerpt from a book I’m currently reading called “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand

“That evening, Phil heard a small voice.  It was Mac, asking Louie if he was going to die.  Louie looked over at Mac, who was watching him.  Louie thought it would be disrespectful to lie to mac, who might have something that he needed to say or do before life left him.  Louie told him that he thought he’d die that night.  Mac had no reaction.  Phil and Louie lay down, put their arms around Mac, and went to sleep.  Sometime that night, Louie was lifted from sleep by a breathy sound, a deep outrushing of air, slow and final.  He knew what it was.

Sergeant Francis McNamara had begun his last journey with a panicked act, consuming the rafts’ precious food stores, and in doing so, he had placed himself and his raft mates in the deepest jeopardy.  But in the last days of his life, in the struggle against the deflating raft and the jumping sharks, he had given all he had left.  It wasn’t enough to save him–it had probably hastened his death–but it may have made the difference between life and death for Phil and Louie.  Had Mac not survived the crash, Louie and Phil might well have been dead by that thirty-third day.  In his dying days, Mac had redeemed himself. ”

Let this story remind us all, that no matter our past mistakes, it is not too late to do good and right now. Start now! You never know what you may save,…or who.

Francis Mcnamara on May 26, 1943, the day before the crash. (Courtesy of Louis Zamperini)