Life is Precious

“Life is precious.”

That’s what my mom said to me after relating the news that my cousin Logan is in a coma following an accident at work yesterday.

You think we’d have learned this by now, what with my sister Kirby‘s unexpected and untimely death a year and a half ago. It’s so easy, though, to get caught up in the everyday and lose sight of the bigger picture.

Life is precious. You don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, or even five minutes from now, so you need to take full advantage of every minute.

Why, then, do we squander so much time–fulfilling immediate but petty inclinations, dreaming without any likelihood of actually acting, or obsessing about inconsequential details?

Why am I sitting here, not quite satisfied with where I am in my life but maybe not trying hard enough to change it?

Not sure. But all I really want to do is curl up on the couch with a blanket and a book to let my mind slip away for a while, and hope that maybe tomorrow the weather will be nicer, I’ll have more energy and my cousin will regain consciousness.

I’ve learned that things don’t always happen for a reason. We have to create reason out of things that happen. It is an effort, though, to do this and not just sink into numbness. And it takes time, especially in the face of so immediate and crushing a situation. You can’t fix it–only hope and pray that it will work out.

So please pray for my cousin and his family, or send positive thoughts or whatever you do to appeal to that force in the world that brings about things we can’t control. That’s all we’ve got at a time like this. Thanks.

Big Sky Over Loyola from my senior year dorm

10 responses to “Life is Precious

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  3. Who can find reason in suffering and grief? Those who have conquered anguish. For anguish is yours, while the other alienates everyone. And in you rests the answer and the strength.

    Who can conquer anguish? That who knows himself, I believe.

    Hope you find solace before commuting.

  4. Jean I’m sad to hear this. Your family has gone through enough already. My thoughts are with you.

  5. May it comfort you to know that a reader is thinking about you and sends healing thoughts and prayers for your cousin and your family. God knows and understands. He cares and so He will reach out to heal the heart when family and friends are near.

    • Georgette, thank you so much. It does comfort me to know that. I know that when my sister passed away, somehow it really did give us strength to know how many people were thinking of us. I’m hoping I can help give some of the same to my cousin’s family!

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