Fragility of life

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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.

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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. 

5 thoughts on “Fragility of life

  1. YOU KNEW JOHN SO WELL—I LOVE YOU FOR MANY REASONS–AND JOHN DID–NOEL SCOTT AND ELIZABETH ALSO—-JULIA AND ANNA THINK EMILY IS THE GREATEST…..AND YOU AND PARKER HAVE A SPECIAL BOND—…..THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU MEAN TO ALL OF US……JACK–PS CAROLINE-THE YOUNGEST THAT JOHN CALLED “TOT”–SHE LOVES EMILY TO……

  2. I’m a huge fan of your writing. My late mother-in-law was a Bell.. Grew up in the house across from your. Was out-of-town after Vhristmas; have been sick for the last week. So sorry for the loss of your loved ones. Are you experiencing a health issue??
    Carolyn

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