“There are 5 things in life you cannot recover: A stone…after it’s thrown. A word…after it is said. An occasion.. .after it’s missed. The time…after it’s gone. A person…after they die. Life is short. Break the rules. Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably And never regret anything that made you smile, Enjoy Life!”
We all know these things to be true, but how many of us can really say that we live by this rules? I know I don’t, not always, not as much as I should. Today I went to a funeral, a man only a year older than me, and whilst I am no spring chicken, that is far too young to die. The church was full, we had to put more chairs and still there were people standing.
His family had had time to say goodbye, that doesn’t make it any less painful but I think must be better than yelling cheerio down the stairs to a loved one and never seeing them again, or worse slamming the phone down for the final time.
Today I am grateful for life, mine, that of the people I love and that of everyone, everywhere. But I am mindful that it is a transient gift that can be taken in an instant. I don’t want to squander it, I want to value it; mine, that of the people I love and that of everyone, everywhere.