A man he worked with died last week.
It puts everything in perspective - he tells me.
But does it?
Life is short. This point is made that much more clear as we watch our children mature, see our friends and family age, or when we know someone who falls prey to an illness or death.
We know that life is short. We recognize that we are not always spending our time the way we would like to spend it.
What does it take for us to take action and start taking advantage of our time to the fullest?
A good friend of mine was diagnosed with non-fatal ALS a few years ago - at the age of 30. Within one moment he watched his life change. He will not have or adopt kids; he will not be able to climb mountains and go hiking as he once did. His expectations and future will be different than anything he ever imagined.
He is nearly 34, using a walking stick, and knows that within a matter of years he will be in a wheelchair. He and his wife are taking advantage of time. Next year they are going to Africa so that he can see all that he has wanted to see - Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro, etc.
Life is short.
I want to tell the dad who spends his time on his mobile phone instead of watching his child's soccer game that life is short. I want to pull the plug on the mom who spends more time at home on the computer than talking to her teen aged daughter about all that she faces and is facing at school. I feel badly for the couples, friends, people who fail to recognize all that they have preferring to spend their time working, complaining, and regretting. If even just once a week, is it possible to appreciate and enjoy the moment?
Although I don't live as each day is my last, I do work hard to appreciate the time I have with the Diva. I want to savor my life.
I rarely blog at home (even now that I can no longer comment from my work computer). I try not to spend hours on the phone or at the computer. Instead, together we explore nature, the stores, history. When the weather is nice, we like to be out and about. We talk, we read... we share our lives and our time.
"I can do it tomorrow" doesn't always work.
What does it take for us to recognize that life is about more than our work?
How do we learn that we work to live rather than living to work?