We can, however, choose to conduct our lives with a greater focus on the life itself. How we respect ourselves and appreciate the contribution of each other to the world we share.
We can never eliminate threats, but we can recognize ways to make the most of the time we spend on this Earth and the way we embrace those around us.
Anyone who has faced a major crisis or lost a loved one unexpectedly knows you can’t get back the time you may have foolishly let slip away. The lesson we must take away from these events is simple; be on guard, but never fail to appreciate every day you and your loved ones have together.
This world — while full of wonder, beauty and exciting times — is also fraught with danger. Danger lurks in every corner, and no one is immune but it is balanced by the gifts each of us is given. Seriously injured Boston marathoners who may have loved running, and realize they may have lost a limb, are nonetheless grateful just to be alive. First responders in Texas who may have lost a fellow responder in the tragedy, will, along with other brave responders in the near future, charge into another life-threatening event knowing what’s at risk in an effort to save lives. They do so out of love for their fellow man.
That love and commitment to each other is always showcased during trying times like these. We must all remember how we feel during these events and do our best to keep that feeling ever present as we go about our daily lives and not just when we are personally affected.
The journey of life is an ever-learning and evolving experience as we cope with joy, tragedy, defeat and success. In the end, how we choose to deal with and accept these life-altering events is what provides the promise for tomorrow and future generations.
Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.