Things don’t always go the way we want or expect. It just seems to be the nature of the universe and, of course, it rarely makes sense at the time or, even, ever.
We all know someone who has been diagnosed with and either lived with or died with a devastating disease. A few years ago, the daughter of a friend of mine, a young mom herself, passed away after battling brain cancer for a couple years, leaving three small children. The ravages of disease are all around us. It does not matter how well off you are or how perfectly you live your life. Sometimes, it creeps in your back door and takes hold of the most precious.
Lessons we can learn?
Know your force. Know that life can be shattered, taken away, upset, shaken to the core. It is the nature of life. It is the ravage of unexpected death. Though we work and we stay informed and we take precautions, it still lies in wait, preying on not only the weak and unsuspecting, but also those that take care and watch out. The lesson is a simple one, but often hard learned. Don’t miss a chance. Don’t fail at opportunity. Don’t cower at possibility. Revel in life. Take joy where it can be found. Learn as if you were to live forever and live as if tomorrow were your last day.
How often do we take for granted that what we have is what we will always have? Or turn it negative, that what we have is all we will ever have. Eat, drink and be merry? No, life is not that simple. And finding balance is not that easy. Take it all in, move forward with purpose and relish this day. The impact you have on another cannot be measured. You can only measure the impact on yourself.
Make it count.
**Sending love and good wishes to my Uncle David Hamlin, as he faces the fight of his life: cancer. I love you.