Blog post number two....we'll see how this goes. :)
There have been a few events, especially in the last couple of days, that have really reminded me how fragile life is. Just yesterday, I sat in traffic for 20 minutes on my way home because of a horrible car accident, and then I spent another 20 minutes later that evening cuddling in the bathroom with my two kids while a possible tornado came through our neighborhood. When I finally sat down to watch my recorded par 3 contest at the Masters, I was saddened to see Arnold Palmer struggle so much to hit the ball, and then even walk the 9 hole course because he has aged so much.
I spend most of my days surrounded by 14-16 year old students and the vibrancy of their youth. Then I go home and soak up the energy and vitality of a 2 year old and a 7 year old. It is easy to forget the delicacy of our own lives and the lives of those around us. We do not wake every morning thinking about the possibility that a death or illness might touch our lives at any moment....and I'm not sure that we should. In fact, I think that could be a detriment to our entire existence and an assurance of sadness and heartache. Yet, the fact remains.
To avoid obvious cliches and epiphanies, I will simply suggest that maybe acknowledgement of this fact might be constructive. I do not believe we should ask ourselves each and every day, "how would I live my life if this was my last day?" I do not think we should treat our relationships with an attitude of, "if this is the very last time I see you..." I think that is letting too much despondence into our lives....and I believe we all deserve to be happier than that.
Maybe, let's not be like Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Ancient Mariner, living a "life in death," a life of worry and woe, wearing our albatross....instead let's heed his words below. Maybe...let's just make it simple...
"The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions - the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment." -Samuel Taylor Coleridge