Sunday, May 2, 2010

Our Appointment with Life

An old friend stopped by a few days ago. I had not seen him for several years. We caught up on our kids and activities. Then he told me that he has pancreatic cancer which has already metastasized. I didn’t see that coming. He looked good and seemed full of vitality. He has already outlived the doctor’s original prediction.

I marveled at his composure and light-heartedness. Every day is a precious gift to him. A day to spend as he pleases, connecting with friends, traveling, enjoying the company of his girlfriend. He is not afraid. He is very much alive.

In his book You Are Here, Thich Nhat Hanh writes, “Our appointment with life takes place in the present moment.” We miss so much of our lives because we just don’t show up. My conversation with Greg reminded me to show up for my appointment with life. On time. Every day. With joy.

1 comment:

  1. A solemn reminder to live fully. Thanks for the reminder.


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