The Most Meaningful Gift

Posted on 10 December 2010

On a picture-perfect May afternoon, a few minutes after five, my mom passed away, not succumbing to a lengthy illness, but rather instantaneously and completely unexpectedly while sitting at our dinner table.  Life ends abruptly.

Twenty years to the day after the passing of my mother, Christopher Reeve, best known for his portrayal of the comic book hero Superman in four motion pictures, shattered his top two vertebrae in an equestrian event.  He lived the remaining nine years of his life as a quadriplegic.  Life can change inalterably in the blink of an eye.

Life is both fleeting and evanescent.  And, we as human beings are very fragile, much more so than we ever acknowledge or, for that matter, contemplate.  Although we know that our lives will end, hopefully later than sooner, we live life as if it, and whatever health we enjoy today, will continue forever.  Perhaps, that is how it should be.

And yet, if we never consider our own mortality and that of those whom we love, we cannot appreciate how precious are these gifts.  During the Holiday Season, gift-giving is customary and almost perfunctory for those who celebrate them.  But sadly, in the frenzy of shopping and preparing for the Holidays, the most valuable gift is either forgotten or lost – the gift of time, your time spent with those you love.

And so, as you prepare for this year’s Holidays, consider giving those you love your time and undivided attention, for you never know how many more Holidays you or they will have to celebrate. 

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One Response to “The Most Meaningful Gift”

  1. Kathleen Felleca says:

    No truer words were ever written. I just laid my beloved aunt to rest last week. What I wouldn’t give for one more visit with her.

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