This week, tragedy in our midst has reminded me never to take life for granted. As I waited outside the hospital, I made a point of appreciating the embracing warmth of the sun. As we were reminded of the fragility and preciousness of life, I felt myself inclined to reorder my days.
We would prefer to be unreminded. We would never wish the tragic upon ourselves and especially wish to keep it out of the realm of those we love. And yet, when it comes, it can sharpen our awareness of the small choices we make every day. And lead us to make different and more conscious ones.
I am always glad to belong to a faith that doesn’t believe that bad things happen for a reason or as some part of a grand plan…and I am also glad that we believe in our ever-present power to choose how we receive events into our lives.
Small comforts in small awarenesses.