Today, I appreciated life more. While driving my car this morning, I noticed a large dead bird lay ahead on the road. As I passed it to the right, I was drawn to turn my car around and remove the bird from the street. How did this bird die? There was no sign of trauma to it from being hit by a car. As I carried it to the side of the road, I respected my life more. Maybe, the bird died while flying and its body dropped on to the road? This was a gift—a message…to appreciate life each moment that I live and breathe.
Many years ago, I used to be an Emergency Medical Technician. I saw life and death daily. Babies were born into our world. Others were dying and leaving it. There were a lot of images with mixed messages, and yet, the same message. Respect life and live each moment to the fullest with gratitude. Honor self. Honor others. Honor all living things—God’s creatures. Did I forget those lessons? Sometimes, they were strong ones. Like the time I rode in the back of an ambulance transporting an 11-year old boy to a Denver hospital. He had leukemia and he was dying. Blood was weeping from his eyes. At the time, I did my best to support him in any way that I could. The boy knew he was dying. What do you say to a young boy that you know will not live out his life? I felt helpless. Was it fair? No! Was there a deeper teaching about his life? Who knows? But, it made me respect life more in those moments of our long ride together. We both knew he would not be going home ever again. Not to THIS home, maybe, to a higher place?
No, I had not forgotten. There were many experiences like this one that I was exposed to in my young adult life when I was a primary responder. They are still in my memory banks…less intense but, still there. Life gives us lessons every day. They come in the form of experiences, relationships, situations. It is what we do with them that matters. Do we ignore them or, do we take them for what they truly are—a powerful catalyst for learning, growing and transforming ourselves and our lives?
Thank you, God for another day.
Help me to live it well.
Help me to be the best that I can be.
Help me to fulfill my Divine Purpose to the highest good.
Help me to awaken.