A Gentler Self

It’s a hard day to get focused on the To Do List’s Big Items.

This morning I heard about the unexpected death of an acquaintance’s wife.  It’s the fourth sudden passing of 2010, only six weeks in.  Three of people I did not know at all and the fourth I knew obliquely, but each of their deaths touched something in me.

I am reminded.  How tenuous is life.  How fragile are the ties that bind us to breath and how susceptible they can be to fraying.  As a battle for physical health can tire a body, a fractured relationship can tire a spirit.  And either of these can make us more vulnerable to the shifty waves of circumstance.

For these families I am saddened.  They are left to carry the burdens of sorrow, grief, and things unsaid or undone.  May comfort and grace find them soon.  And for those of us who are not today completely incapacitated by loss.  May we let the news of those who are clean the lens of our perspective and encourage a gentler self.

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