Three of our friends are dealing with life altering situations. One – the loss of a child in a MVA; two – a diagnosis of an aggressive form of cancer and; three – a sports injury resulting in a broken neck. Lives forever changed by a phone call or a knock on the door by a police officer.
You never know when you are going to be dealt the hand with the joker, but there is a hidden gift when you glimpse him from the sidelines. It reminds you to live your life to the fullest every day. Not always easy to do if you let yourself be drawn into the chaos of our modern world like a piece of driftwood in a tidal whirlpool.
I participated in a study group of Eckhart Tolle’s books one winter. He writes about being present in all that you do whether it be washing the dishes or walking the dog. It is a good practice to adopt and you will find that you start painting the canvas of your life with broader strokes; straying outside of the lines until you find yourself colouring right to the edge of the page. Unabashed freedom. Peace. And when you sit in stillness and face yourself, you come to know that all that really matters is our connections with each other. The rest of the stuff that we fret about is fluff.
I hope that you do not get dealt the joker before learning the lesson to colour to the edge of the page every day.