Recently a classmate of Alice passed away. He had posted something very beautiful on Facebook just two days before. On the same day, we saw that Alex Trebek (the long-time host of Jeopardy!) had also died.
This month of November begins with All Hallow's Day (celebrating all the departed holy souls) and ends with Thanksgiving. Like bookmarks of this penultimate month, we are stirred to be grateful for those who have gone before us.
But perhaps we can also be grateful that we are still alive. Like Scrooge on the morning after, we thrust open the sash and breath in new air and realize we still have time to do things, change things, re-think things and obtain more inner peace.
In the kitchen of my home when I was growing up was a plaque with a quote from Etienne de Grellet which read:
“I shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
I doubt that Alice's classmate nor Alex Trebek were thinking of polls or politics or the pandemic when they were dying. You've heard it before but let's ask the question again: what if we lived today as if we might die tomorrow? How would that change our thoughts, words, choices and actions?
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