Slow Down And Remember What Really Matters
I had dinner last night with a new friend who at age 20 had cancer and lost her leg to it. She has since gotten married and had a daughter who is now 21 years old.
We talked about having experienced the power of life’s sudden changes. I lost a husband, she lost a leg. But instead of us becoming fearful creatures we have both understood that life needs to be lived completely and every day.
This is not a doom and gloom realization but a reminder that the moments being lived exist only once. It is a call to embrace life instead of simply going through the motions. It is also a call to be present. I have not mastered my new understanding but am applying myself.
When I got home the miners in Chile were being rescued while millions of people around the world watched. I wondered with so many people dying every day in wars, crimes and famine these 33 men have captured our attention. I’m not sure of the answer but I would like to think part of it comes from us being inspired by these working men having the courage and the hope to go on even under extreme circumstances. I believe most of us when we see people at their best we get moved to be our best.
The night reminded me of the frailty and beauty of life and I again made a promise to myself to not postponed thoughts and experiences. I was also again aware that each one of us impacts the world by the way we live our lives. Our strength, hope, and quality of character shape the communities we live in. Each one of us is a great part of life’s puzzle and we carry the responsibility to make sure each piece fits.
The years teach much which the days never knew. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson