This morning I was making a point of noticing things that I don’t typically notice on my way to work. How could I have missed such beautiful trees day after day? It’s easy to be too focused on what’s ahead (or staying under the 30 km/hr limit near the school).

In the past hour, I got two doses of reminders of the importance of marveling at life and living fully. First, a friend phoned and followed the greeting pleasantries with “I almost died this weekend.” Perhaps explanation takes away from the point, but she stopped during a running race, was refueling, began to choke and needed the Heimlich. Second, a number of us (via the wonders of Facebook) were worried about a high school buddy who is a pilot when the news came of the crash at SFO. Turns out he was sitting number one for departure and was approximately 300′-400′ away from the incident. That’s the fragility of life … a piece of beef jerky an inch the wrong way, a plane further down the runway and that could be it.

It’s that ominous message that seems to bear regular repetition – as it often goes through my head in the words of Run DMC:
One thing I know is that life is short
So listen up homeboy, give this a thought
The next time someone’s teaching why don’t you get taught?
It’s like that (what?) and that’s the way it is

Now maybe you prefer another genre for your reminder, but isn’t it a good idea for us to appreciate life and its urgency?

To Jill and to Doc – glad you dodged this one. Sending you love and a wish that you marvel at this magical day and each day that follows.

Let’s all take a little time today to love a little more, laugh a little more, cultivate a sense of wonder, and appreciate the miracle of having a human life.

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