The Circle of Life
I believe, there is in all of us, a good soul. In our journey of life we have choices, and each choice brings on consequences. Sometimes those consequences have life long effects that could intertwine, like roots in the ground, with other peoples lives leaving us either in harmony or tangled up in turmoil.
Lately, I have been facing the harsh reality of death. Watching a loved one die is a process I have not had the chance to encounter until recently. I’m not sure why I have not had this experience before, but I find this journey fascinating. Please don’t misunderstand me, I feel sad while experiencing this discomfort, but to watch a person who you care for, face their own death, can be a true lesson in life.
I run a food bank where people come because they cannot afford to pay for food. I have been doing this now for approximately eight years. I have watched our clients in their time of loss and their time of rebuilding. I find a similarity to these clients and to the people who have passed away over the last few years.
There seems to be steps we take when facing something as tragic as death. Some people take each step like they were carrying the heaviest of loads on their shoulders. One step can be so difficult it may take days or weeks, if they have that long. I have learned that letting go of our human side is difficult for many us. There are however, some people that learn to drop those heavy loads quickly and move forward with ease, and when they are ready to let go, the final part of the journey seems somewhat easier.
I don’t know if there is another place for us after life, but I hope that when it is my time to die, I can look back and feel at peace with the choices that I’ve made. Death is not a choice, we do however, like in all parts of living, have a choice of how to accept the journey.
Until next time: I am sad for my father and his wife. He passed away January 16, 2008, she passed away May 9, 2008. I hope they have found happiness together.