Life is made up of not what I do

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Portrait of Benjamin Franklin

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.

Benjamin Franklin

It has struck me during the past few months, as more and more “bad” news emerges reported almost daily, in the aftermath of such thing as murders, air tragedies, attacks and abuse of every kind occurring – and seeing photos and images of victims (women, children, the young, the elderly, the vulnerable, the refugee, the displaced) – how I take life for granted.

I bicker, I complain, I argue, I whinge, I say “things are tough” and “we’ll all be ruined”…… I forget that, at an given moment, my life – and that of my loved ones – may be changed forever!

Life is made up of not what I do but people with whom I interact:

Do I take them for granted? Do I look around me and remember the giftedness of life, with all its  pains AND joys?

A Prayer we would often say, as we began each day at School, when we were young went something like this:

“O Jesus, through the most Pure Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day, for all the Intentions of your Divine Heart….”

Each of us knows not when daily joy can easily turn quickly to sorrow or pain; we may be caught “off-guard” but are we prepared for the “unexpected” ?

Sudden and unexpected events can be the occasion for reflection on the value of life…

And it’s life with its “surprises” that at times makes us stop and think about how people’s individual lives matter.

I recently found out from one of my life-long friends that even after recent  surgery, follow-up tests had shown that his liver was now under attack from aggressive cancer cells. The news of course is devastating: how does one respond to such news? What does one say to such a person in response?

Yes, life IS a precious gift …. a person’s life is GIFTED with ALL its joys and sorrows ….

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.

Benjamin Franklin