The Human Dimension
Would you change if this was your LAST 24 HOURS ON EARTH?
Many among us would give an arm and a leg for another day, another 24
hours to spend with their loved ones. So many are facing life
threatening illnesses that teach us the value of life we take very often
for granted. To savour the laughter of a child, to capture look of love
in your mother’s eye ..to see a sunset in all its glory, to witness the
beauty of a new dawn. Most of us take these everyday simple pleasures
for granted. Some of us just pass life by, mindlessly passing these
moments, never stopping to smell the flowers, the coffee or return the
It takes a serious illness, a loss of a job or a demise of a loved
one to wake up for some. Life is to be lived in small doses, in everyday
moments that keep us going, ones that add meaning to life. It is the
first breath of air early in the morning..the sound of a gushing
waterfall…a child laughing out loud…a wife waiting for her husband to
Would we savour these precious yet simple moments if we had a
specific time frame – how about telling yourself that you have just 24
hours to live? Would that change your perspective? Would it add more
flavour to your life, enhance the way you see things and enlarge your
way of doing things?
Love and caring
We miss the moment and its joy because we fast forward or go back too
often. We forget to live the moment. We are involved in too many things
that require us to be selective about what we choose to see and ignore.
Everything does not have to be rationalized and compartmentalized –
there are those moments in time when random acts of unexpected
beginnings can add a sense of joy and laughter to your day.
We have learn to hear but not listen. We have learned to see but not
look. We go through the motions but in the end, where is the joy, the
fun, the happiness of life..it is in spending time with those who love
you most, those to whom you mean the world. And often, what they are
looking for are not big things but a hug that says everything’s ok, a
look that confirms it and a moment in time that assures of your love and
caring, a moment that will stay frozen in time for always.
Let us try to stop and smell the flowers. Let us find that moment to
pause, to listen to a song, let it set the tune for the day and maybe
hum it through the day..let us watch the sunset and be transformed by
its beauty…let us sit still for a moment in time and assure someone we
love that we are there for them, no matter what.
Life is so fragile that it could break at a moment’s notice. A loved
one may pass away before you have had the opportunity to say you love
them. Children grow up faster than you could grasp the moments spent
doing things you still love doing but they no longer do. The world
changes sometimes beyond compare. And you don’t want to be the one
wondering what happened, where it all went.
Time and opportunity waits for no one. We can still find the occasion
to say what you have been always wanting to say but never had the time.
We can always go on that trip you have always wanted to go on but never
could find the time. Sit still, stand away from the crowd. The world is
a lovely place still if you care to look beneath the rot and the
sadness. For every individual who chooses to end his or her life, there
are thousands who would give a wealth away for one more moment.
There are those who regret for a lifetime one word spoken carelessly.
There are those who spend a lifetime wishing they had spoken one
precious word. There are others who wish they could say things bottled
up inside. The moment never comes - rather, they never seize the moment
to make a difference. Life is to be lived and enjoyed, not endured. The
sooner you learn the power of it, the easier life becomes to live. Life
is not always about what is expensive, what is right or what needs to be
It is also about doing things that bring out the beauty of the human
spirit, the power of love in our lives and the ability for us to
Discovering those precious moments enjoying them and enabling others
to enjoy that moment are the most precious memories anyone can have.
Let us strive to do something special today. Let us open our eyes and
start living the way life is meant to be lived, lift our eyes from the
dreary everyday mundane existence and put a sparkle in the eyes of
someone who means a lot to us.