Lucky to be alive

Life is our most precious possession

Do you realise that your own life is the most precious possession you have? There are many things that you might lose: your house, your wealth, your job, your friends and your freedom. You might even lose your family or your health. But all that pales in comparison to losing your life.

You have a body, mind, heart and soul that last throughout your life and stop the moment you die. Have you ever seen a dead body and noticed how different it seems to the living, breathing person that you knew?

If someone takes another person’s life, then they have taken everything from them. That’s why the most serious punishments in the justice system are reserved for the crime of murder.

It is miraculous how we are born and somehow all our body parts manage to keep functioning throughout our lives. Next time you see someone in their nineties, just remember that for every minute of the past nine decades they have kept breathing at least twenty-five times, their heart has pumped about eighty times and their brains have continued to swirl with thoughts and ideas.

Every day, you should give thanks for being alive. Never take your precious life for granted: it’s the greatest gift and the best asset that you have.

Death is a part of life

These days the life expectancy of people in the developed world is longer than ever before. Many of us will live to a ripe old age and around the world societies are struggling to deal with the problems of an ageing population. It is all thanks to advances in medical science, plus the good nutrition and living conditions that many of us now enjoy.

More than a hundred years ago, people tended to die at a much younger age and death in infancy or childhood was common. Today we almost think of it as our right to live a long life and feel devastated when we hear that someone has died at an earlier age.

We need to remember that death from illness or trauma can occur at any age. Children, young people and many middle-aged people fall victim to disabling diseases or die before their time. My mother often said that some people have terrible luck, and so it seems. Remember also that the medical staff in our hospitals are only human and, like all of us, can sometimes make mistakes.

I have had no health issues, but feel grateful to have lived long enough to raise my two children to the age of about twenty. That was more than ten years ago, and I consider every year of life since then to be a great privilege, rather than an automatic entitlement.

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8 thoughts on “Lucky to be alive

        1. Toni Pike Post author

          Oh, I know what happened – I accidentally pressed “publish” yesterday when I was drafting an article in preparation for a guest post I’m doing next week. I quickly deleted it – so sorry about that!

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    1. Toni Pike Post author

      You’re so right, Sue. We never know what’s around the corner, so it’s important to make the most of every day. Your website is a real inspiration for doing that.



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