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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Cherish Life and Loved Ones ...

Death has always intrigued one and all, some fear it, some face it with all might, whatever be the case we all want to live as long and live a healthy life. But thatz just 'I','me','myself' facing death. How do we feel when we lose someone near and dear suddenly ?
        A kid goes off to school on his bicycle and is struck by a car and killed. Normally, his mother drives him to school. “If only I had not let him ride his bicycle!” cries the mother.         One morning, a couple have a quarrel because the checking account is overdrawn. He leaves for work angry. She is defensive and calls after him, “If you made more money ...” Suddenly at work, the husband has a heart attack and dies. “If only I could tell him I’m sorry,”.         Mother and teacher-astronaut, Christa McAulifffe, along with six other astronauts, is killed as the nation watches the Challenger explode a minute after take-off on Jan. 28, 1986. Her daughter’s plea, “Don’t go, Mom,” seen on TV haunts the memories of children and parents the nation over.
Work, friends, social circles can help deal with personal crisis situation. But as the suffering sucks into us we suck ourselves into work or any other escapade, at the end there is no respite. And certainly, only the one who has lost in life knows that the tragedy never goes away. "You'll get over it..." It's these clich├ęs that cause the trouble, they just do not seem to work. To lose someone you love is to alter your life for ever. The pain may begin to fade, there are new people, but the gap never closes. I guess life just tends to suck us into its busy schedule once again. Time does heal those painful bouts, the loss of life, not sure if it heals completely, it does lessen the intensity of the pain once experienced but it can never fill the void.
The impact of sudden situations like these is terrible. It allows no time for goodbyes, no time to make amends or ask forgiveness for harsh words spoken in trivial quarrels, and no time to express the love one feels but doesn't verbalize. Its at times like these that we realise how important it is to cherish all the good and nice things in life for you never know when life will cease to exist.
It is these life changing moments that make us ponder on how much we take life and our loved ones for granted. Its important to take note of family and friends and what they mean to us, to acknowledge their love & care, unyielding support or even their mere existence that makes everything around us seem normal. If we do it today and always we may be able to save ourselves from the 'If only's'. Cherish life while it is still there, nuture it with love, pamper your loved ones with care. Tough situations are part and parcel of life, dont let life's adversities extinguish the flame of happpiness and love. You live life only once, live it well.

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