It's a sound byte...life is short. What are you doing about it?
We've all heard it countless times. For many it goes into one ear and out the other. The day will come sooner or later regardless of age, when we will find ourselves drawing our last breath of life. It's inevitable. What would we remember? What would matter to us most?
In our endeavor to make a life for ourselves, coupled with the pursuit of pleasure and social connection, let us also be mindful that we are not all created equal. The means to pursue success, liberty, happiness and social connection are not equal to us all. There are the 'Haves’ and the ‘Have Not’ amongst us.
We didn't choose to be born. No one chooses to be born poor or have health impairments. It means we didn't choose the genetics and the environment that we grew up in. We inherited them.
Our genes and cultural/geographical upbringing are the foundation of having a good footing in the world we live in, of which we have no control over.
Yes, we also have personal agency that allow us the freedom to make choices - the right choices in life. Some of us happened to be more fortunate than others in our choices simply by sheer luck or personal circumstances that often beguile explanation. Yet almost always, we attribute our luck or circumstance to our own doing for no other reason than to justify what we have and who we are.
The fact that we are not all created equal and came out on the other side as one of the lucky ones should serve as a calling card for us all. And the best way to honour that call is through gratitude for life's blessings and through acts of kindness.
In the spirit of Christmas and this holiday season, let us be mindful of the life we have and show kindness in ways outside of our own circle and tradition with the ones less fortunate than us!
So, back to the question at the beginning. Life is short. What are you doing about it?