In the last two days I have had emails about two individuals who are both facing life-threatening – and probably terminal – medical conditions.
In the last three months, the UK has faced three separate terrorism attacks. Lives ended brutally early, many seriously injured, and countless families grieving. Sadly, the UK is far from the only country to suffer the needless ending of lives through war, terror, famine, drought or poverty.
Life is precious.
Yet out of all this suffering, there can come the most amazing grace, tenderness and love.
The nurse who ran to the scene to help the injured, and paid with her life. The man who, having been caught up in the London Bridge terror attack, returned the next day to the restaurant to pay his bill and tip the staff. The pub and restaurant owners who did whatever they could, in the face of danger, to protect their customers from harm. The on- and off-duty police officers who rushed to defend the public. The people who offered free taxi rides, water and accommodation to the public and emergency services at the scene.
Despite some terrible things that happen in this world, we are, mostly, a people of great care and love for each other.
We have the most beautiful world, the most wonderful people to share friendship with.
We have this life. And it is precious.
“What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Mary Oliver
You are here to enjoy this planet, to make a difference. To bring all of yourself, your strengths and talents to your life. So that your life is the best it can be in the limited time you have.
The diagnosis of a life-threatening condition, or the horrors of a terrorist attack bring our lives into sharp focus.
What do you want to do with your life?
Who do you want to be?
How do you want to spend your time?
And what’s stopping you doing and being those things right now?
Go and live your life. It is precious!