I met a very good friend of mine today, Emmanuel. Although I was very glad to see him, it was a not so beautiful encounter.
Emmanuel moved to London (from Vienna) shortly after I did. Since we’ve both been busy moving between cities and continents over the past couple of years, we don’t get to talk or meet often. (Thank God for Skype; although it’s still not the same.)
Anyway, a couple of days ago we were both online on Skype again, and he told me he was in Vienna too. He didn’t sound too happy (actually told me he was “not fine at all”) and so I decided to give him a call today. As he was in the city-centre at the time as well, we finally got to see again.
To cut a long story short: the reason he was still in Vienna was because his father had passed away just 10 days before. Needless to say, it shocked and saddened me immensely. May his soul rest in perfect peace.
Since 2008, four fathers of very dear friends of mine have passed away; none of which were previously suffering any long- or short-term illnesses. All, without exception, died suddenly. Oh the brevity of life..
Let us learn to appreciate the gift of family, friends, relationships, life and love more. Let us take pain to do so. Each and every day. There is always something we could improve on, especially in our human interactions. Be it to be a bit kinder, more patient, more generous, more forgiving, more selfless, more sacrificial, more enduring, more loving. There is always something to do a bit more, a bit better. At the end of the day, this is what really matters in life: the people we’ve been blessed with.
Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.