Thursday, January 24, 2013

On the head of a pin

There is so much that we take for granted. From the little things - fresh water and food, sanitary toilets, a roof over our heads, clean clothes on our backs - to the big things - having a car to drive, go on holidays, access to medicine, living in country that isn't ravished by war disease or famine.

On Tuesday I went to the funeral of a young man of 19 who had died suddenly from a motor bike accident. There were probably 500 people there, three quarters of them aged between 14 and 21. There was an ocean of tears, the fragility of their own lives staring them in the face.

I'm so thankful that I was able to be there. To be beside my own children as they navigate their way through the grieving process. To be beside the beautiful woman that held this young man in her arms until the ambulance arrived, so that he was not alone. To be able to embrace his mother, father and siblings, and say with my touch what words could not convey.

I'm thankful for the opportunity the whole event has created. To be able to reflect on my own life and for the many amazing beautiful gifts that I am so lucky to have.

The last line in Kirrily's post from Sunny Side Up  captured it the best - This is the beautiful thing about death. It enlivens the living.

Life can change on the head of a pin. Moments of beauty are happening all the time. Keep your mind and your eyes open to receiving them. Are you LIVING in the day you're in?

The lovely Leigh from Six By the Bay is hosting Thankful Thursday. What are you thankful for today?



  1. I am thankful today for the refreshing rain, my beautiful children, loving husband, wonderful family and friends. And having the time to reflect.

  2. I am thankful for today... Today has been better than yesterday, and for that I am thankful.

    I agree that death enlivens the living, funerals are always opportunities to reflect on our own humanity. A good time to work to be better and do better....

  3. It's always a good thing to slow down and appreciate all that we have.

  4. Funerals have a way of helping us focus on the positives. Great post Vicky. xx

  5. Isn't it terrible that sometimes it takes tragedies in life to make us see what's important? I am grateful for the amount of love I have in my life. Every single day. And I love those words ... This is the beautiful thing about death. It enlivens the living. Beautiful post.

    1. Did you read Kirrily's post? It is beautiful

  6. I know all about death bringing people together and waking us up! Its sad but a great way to honour those who leave us. We must cherish our lives and live them to our fullest! Thank you for linking up hun xxx


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