Mortality

17 10 2012

AS HUMAN beings, we are confronted everyday by subtle and direct reminders of our own mortality.

On the pages of the free paper handed to us as we rush to our morning train.

On the ticker tape that runs across the TV screen.

On alerts we get on our mobile.

Somehow, we couldn’t care less about any of these.  In the flurry of the many things that render truth to the claim of having yet another one of those busy days, we couldn’t care.  It’s just everyday news.  Well, not until it hits close enough to home that we realize we are indeed human.  We are mere mortals.

I came to work today hearing about a colleague who passed away last night.  I didn’t know him personally.  But I felt a deep sense of loss over a young life taken way too soon.  I read what his manager had to say about him, and I grasped a little more understanding of the kind of shock and sadness the group he left behind must be feeling.

For all that modern–day technology has made to make the world small, the fact still remains that we move in a big world where our existence may seem to not matter.  Where we unknowingly waste our time dwelling in negativity, worrying about what other people think about us, bothering ourselves with what other people say about us.  If there’s one thing my colleague’s leaving this world tells me, it is that life is too short.  Too short to spend on negativity and sweating the small stuff.

And one more thing – that no matter how we may feel about our own selves, we are actually important and special to those who really know us.  And that when we are gone, we – and whatever our existence had made possible for others – will be missed.

I didn’t know this colleague of mine personally.  But tonight I pray for the eternal repose of his soul.

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