In the last two days, death has crept into the lives of those closest to me. A best friend’s son, and another’s mother. I think it’s doubly hard here at Christmas time when family means everything.
Like the tree of life in the movie, “Avatar” (which I watched again a few nights go), it reminds me that we are all connected and one’s loss touches all of us in one way or another. It’s sort of like ripples from a pebble tossed into a pond. Tragedies can indirectly reach us all eventually, but then so do the small victories.
There is a oneness to life that reminds us to cast off feelings of exceptionality and separation and embrace all of life To honor those we have lost, maybe we can work a little harder to make every person we meet feel that we are genuinely glad they are in our lives – if only for a moment.
To my friends Jack and Kathy, we will grieve your losses for weeks to come and be grateful to have had them for a little while.