All of us enjoy some days and some days we experience a mechanical existence. How many of us take the pains to cherish our day?
Whenever my Dad and I discuss about the importance of leading a life without regret, we invariably talk about that young man whom he had met 50 years ago in the hospital.
My Dad still recalls the young man’s smiles and laughter when Dad and his friends visited him in the hospital.
It was during his navy years that Dad and his friends went to visit their friend’s brother who was injured and had to have both his legs amputated. They went there concerned about how they need to meet him. What do they tell him? How do they console him? After all he has lost both his legs…
It was a meeting that Dad would never forgot. The young man in the hospital not only was in smiles when he met them, he thanked them for making a visit to meet him. He even joked and laughed with them.
Dad still recalls that young man with admiration and a sense of awe. How many of us can actually laugh at challenges and catastrophes? How many can shrug them off and continue living with spirit and joivre?
To a large extent, it is a choice we make to lead a life without regret or with regret.
How many times have we met someone whom we think we will meet the next time? Almost all the time. We never consider the harsh reality that life can be shorter than what we may imagine.
I had just met Nambiar Uncle a month and half ago. He was not keeping excellent health but he was well enough to speak and chat a little. I was looking forward to meeting him again but for the fact that he is sadly no more. Uncle passed away peacefully today, surrounded by his family and loved ones.
Cherish the moments you have with your loved ones. You never know when those moments could disappear forever. Life does not last forever.
When was the last time you had expressed your feelings to those who matter to you? In fact, expressing the positive feelings need not be restricted to specific or exclusive situations, you can always convey the goodness you feel to those around you. It could even be a compliment. Yesterday, when my daughter and I visited a shop, we were met by a lady with enchanting eyes. I immediately complimented her on her beauty and she certainly looked happier with the smile that beamed at us till we left.
In the frantic pace of life, we may either forget to express or ignore the need to express because we are so “busy”. Expressing your feelings is only viewed as silly or immature by those who are unsure of themselves or who enjoys being judgemental.
Embrace life with vivaciousness.