Our lives reflect the choices we have made, sometimes one meandering decision after another. These decisions are the cobblestones of our life’s path. Bumpy, uneven in places, and a journey forward into time, until the road ends.
While traversing life’s road, we don’t have the luxury of backing up and doing it again. But we do have the capability to turn around and embrace the memory that was left behind as we lived out that moment.
Anna Quindlen in her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life suggests that we think of life as a terminal illness, because if we do, we will live life with the joy and passion that should be. She encourages her reader to “Look around at the azaleas making fuchsia star bursts in spring; look at a full moon hanging silver in a black sky on a cold night. And realize that life is glorious, and that you have no business taking it for granted. Care so deeply about its goodness that you want to spread it around.”
Awareness of our mortality has a way of bringing into focus the gift that life truly is. We can embrace this knowledge by making decisions that leave little regret. We can be kind to to others. Helpful where we can. Love others with compassion.
Life is a gift to us. We are a gift to each other. Living as such is a gift to all. A well-travelled road.