Sometimes it is all to easy to forget just how lucky a person is to just be alive and well. The fact that we are even born is nothing short of a miraculous event. It is a hard-fought battle just for the seed to make it to the egg to begin with and then once it does, there are so many things that can go wrong before the embryo actually becomes a little person. Even then a myriad of other things varying from irregular heart beats, to slowly developing kidneys, to autism, and even death can still occur while in the womb. If by chance you are lucky enough (blessed is a better word) to be born, even more challenges lie ahead as one goes from infant to toddler to child to adolescent to adult.
With life itself, being the miracle that it is, why do some people seem to be more concerned about an “after-life” instead of enjoying the every day miracle of life? Why do some religious teachings harp on how wretched we are or even worse, that we are cursed at birth due to someone else’s impulsive dietary error?
Life is a blessing. To deny that is to destroy the basis of all religion
, natural and revealed. The very foundation of all religion is laid on the firm belief that life is good; and if this life is an evil and a curse, no such belief can be rationally entertained. – Albert Pike
And why hope for an after-life? Why not enjoy the life you actually have? We have no guarantees in this life, so the idea that there is an everlasting one that follows defies reason and logic.
Wait, don’t panic…. I am not saying there is no life after death.
What I am saying is that regardless of what religions teach, we really don’t know what comes after death. So we should focus a lot more on this life. If you are reading this then you probably have a computer or a smart phone (or a friend does and they printed it for you). You probably also live in a house with running water and electricity. Did you know that those very simple things alone – things that you can’t imagine living your life without – make you wealthier than at least a BILLION other people on this planet? Yet, there is little doubt in my mind that you probably wish you had more. I am guilty of wanting more as well sometimes, however I have gotten a lot better at appreciating the things that I have and not “coveting” the things I see that others may have.
If people spent more quality time with their families and less time at work, more time outdoors and less inside watching trash TV, more time being thankful for what they have instead of always wanting more; maybe, just maybe life can be seen as the blessing that it actually is.
Typically a cancer patient wants just one thing – to live. Why should a healthy person be any different?
Life is a blessing. Live it!