Life is full of unexpected moments.
Driving down a busy road on our way to the bus depot, my husband veered suddenly a little to the left and missed a little bird looking for seeds on the road. This creature was obviously not meant to be roaming the outdoors with the danger of hawks, eagles, and crows around, but was most probably an escaped pet. Regardless, it was not a wild species and lacked any sort of street sense. Thankfully, my daughter, the bird whisperer, caught it saving it from certain death in the great outdoors.
Sometimes unexpected moments facilitate you saving a life.
Running into a friend at our local school while walking the dogs this morning, we caught up on everything that had been going on during COVID. During the conversation, I discovered she was teaching tennis and shared with her that I had been wanting to learn to play properly. Little did she know that every time I had passed that court recently, I had wanted to learn to play again.
Sometimes unexpected moments manifest opportunity.
Sadly, this week, I have heard of two deaths…one close…one not so close, but both equally tragic and unexpected. One a much-loved father and the other two much-loved animals.
Not experiencing these tragedies directly, I have no right to speak of what is being felt or what lessons are to be learned, if any. Having experienced death closely, I have my doubts that the Universe means for us to learn any kind of life lesson, but rather to marvel at the resilience of the human spirit to make meaning in one’s own time out of pain.
Sometimes unexpected moments cause you sadness.
What these unexpected moments do have in common though is they remind me how wonderful life is, to appreciate absolutely everything, to approach life with an open heart and to love so fully as to leave a humongous loving footprint wherever I land.
Love big. Live fully awake.