A little while ago I read Hayden’s Women Need Protecting (incredible) and then today it cropped up again in Joy’s post Safety tips for children (equally incredible) and it all got me to thinking. Sometimes we take our personal safety for granted, we take the safety of our kids for granted. Perhaps we take our lives for granted.
They say that living in Africa you become an Accidental Buddhist for the fact that we value our lives more than our cars, our TV or our homes. I read the other day in the news that a guy died trying to pull his car out of a river. All he wanted to do was pull it out of the river, save the car, save the stuff inside the car. Material things have no value compared to our lives and yet we forget this integral part of life… life itself.
Have you ever been asked the question “If you were stranded on an Island what is the one thing that you would take with you and why?”
How many of you said that you’ll take your photo album?
How many of you said that you’d take water or chocolate?
How many of you said that you would take matches or a lighter?
How many of you said that you’d take your toothbrush, your hairbrush, CD player (how you’d player it I don’t know), your sunglasses?
Now for the cruncher…
How many of you said that you will take your best friend, partner, child?
A “Thing” will only last so long, it will only serve its purpose for so long, if it gets stolen it is replaceable and generally insured. You can’t insure a friend, partner, child. You can’t replace them either, you only get to keep the memories of the moments you shared.
How many of you hold those memories close?
How many of you cherish each moment you share with another person?
The worst for me is the fact that people sometimes only realise the value they had in a person once they are dead and dusted. Some don’t cherish a person or the moments they share with the person until it’s too late, till they are gone.
Personal safety and basic precautions never hurt anyone neither did cherishing someone you love or valuing the import things in life.
Humans, living, breathing, smiling, laughing, playing, loving… humans.
A simple smile in the street to a stranger
A simple gesture of giving, of sharing
A simple thank you
A simple word of praise
Is known to save lives
You know how to love, you know how to cherish
If asked the question “If you were stranded on an Island what is the one thing that you would take with you and why?”, how will you answer?