As many of you probably already know, there was a mass shooting in USA’s Virginia Tech university, killing about 32 people. It was the worst incident of its kind in US history.
Right now there’s more than enough conjecture on who did what and why, what influences did they have, what that means for gun control, and so on. Discussion is fine and good, but let’s not forget one of the most important lessons from this incident:
We spend too much time worrying about getting that A that leads us to that top university which then gives us a hefty paycheque. Too much time worrying – and not enough time appreciating what we have.
We can walk and talk! We can read and write! We have enough mental capacity to even consider choices like those! We can smell, hear, taste, see, touch, think! We have this massive opportunity to use what we have to make the best of our lives. We have life.
Do this for today, this week, this month: show your gratitude. Tell your loved ones – family, friends, lovers, whoever – that you care for them and appreciate them. Do things for others and allow people to do things for you if they want to. Share something with a friend. Laugh. Smile. Think of all the good things you have going for you. Treasure what you have.
Life is unpredictable. As long as we still have breath and consciousness, let’s live in the moment.
To those affected: my sincerest condolences. To all: bless you all.
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