Feb 19

Precious Life – How Are You Handling Yours?

Shortly after 5:30am earlier today, after much tossing and turning in my bed, the sound of glass windows being shattered and the distant voices of men engaged in what seemed to be a very serious conversation coming from outside of my bedroom window woke me up. Perplexed by such frantic commotion outside at such wee hours of the morning, I decided to put my “investigative hat” on…I looked out of my windows, and immediately realized that something tragic just happened! Firemen, water hose, broken glasses on the ground…all were signs that I needed to pay close attention. I opened my apartment door only to find a very “smoky” hallway, and no one around to tell me what’s going on. So, after making sure that it was safe to stay put where I was, I started making phone calls here and there to my neighbors and loved ones living in the same apartment building to check on them…only to find out that there was a serious fire two floors below me that unfortunately claimed one person’s life. What a sad moment! 

As the day continued to unfold, I couldn’t help myself from pondering on these very important questions: as busy human beings, do we fully understand how precious and fragile life really is? And if we don’t, what can we do about it? I was daunted by this sad ordeal practically the whole day because this was my very first time experiencing a fire disaster so close to home….it truly made me stop and think! For me, one of the biggest lessons is the importance of building a true sense of community around us, no matter how different we may appear to be from one another. In the middle of frantic chaos, our skin color, our ethnic background, our religion, our profession, our age, our gender – all of that really does NOT matter! At the end of the day, what holds true in God’s eyes is our faith, our humility, our genuine compassion, our willingness to help others, and our sense of purpose.

Be grateful for the gift of LIFE, take some time to smell the roses, smile, laugh, live in the moment, focus on solutions instead of problems, be kind to one another, lend a helping hand, and most importantly, put God first in your life – that’s what tragedy has taught me! It is my sincere hope that you will find value in these words that came from the depth of my heart and soul. Life is very precious and fragile indeed, make yours an unforgettable one…God bless you!

photo credit: Thai Jasmine (Smile..smile…Smile..) via photopin cc


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