cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
Reading my morning passages and watching the news this morning served to again remind me of the frailty of our lives. We live from moment to moment, not year to year. We take one breath at a time, and are not assured of the next. And yet, too often, we think little, or not at all, about human frailty, about our individual frailty.
How would each of us live our lives if we were reminded each morning that this might be the last day we have in this body and on this earth? Would we take care of things that we’d been putting off rather than to avoid them for another day?
Would we seek out those from whom we had become estranged and make amends? Would we be a bit kinder to those we encountered today that we might be remembered in a better light?
Would we become suddenly more serious about our issues of faith, or become one of the faithful where we’d been postponing that decision? Would our worldview change? Would we see things through different eyes? Would we say different things?
Would we look back with regret or would we joyfully consider all the good and wonderful people who had crossed our paths? Would we be more or less concerned with how we were viewed and thought of by others?
How would our values change, if at all? If values would be re-ordered, would we begin that re-ordering at that moment or would our thoughts fade before we took action?
Whom would we wish to hold closely and what would we say to those whom we held dear? Would we be apologizing for past wrongs or would we be helping those we were about to leave behind?
Would we be at peace with this last day or would we be frantically trying to make amends for all those past transgressions and for the things we had left undone and unsaid?
What would we do differently with our last day, and our last hour than we had done with all the other days and hours?
It is both good and bad that we cannot see the future; but we know the last day is out there for each of us.