Moments that shake your world.
Last week pioneering British TV chef Gary Rhoades passed away suddenly. A few days ago several people, some barely out of University died in a terror attack at London Bridge. Taken away before their time the family, friends and partners suffer the loss in a shocking moment of revelation. The suddenness of what life brings to you can knock the breath out of you. You go to work wearing a wedding ring and in the act of a moment you are widowed.
“What is unlooked for is more crushing than its effect, and unexpectedness adds to the weight of a disaster” – Seneca
It is a grim thought; to think on the fragility of life. It can terrify you or fortify you. It could make you quake in your boots, or given that you have considered the worst, help you to stand firm. Steel yourself and rehearse in your mind the tragedies and losses that life can send your way.
- How could they affect you?
- How can you come back?
- How can you prepare?
- How can you respond?
- How can you survive?
You can’t cover all the details, but you can cover the themes. Life happens generally with little thought for you and yours. So do what you can do to be ready, or not if you wish.
“To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them.”