A year ago today my precious granddaughter Ruby Elizabeth died an hour after her birth. As a family we will celebrate her short life today. Before 9am I’m already back from Tesco. We’ll share a breakfast fry up soon and visit her grave later. Friends and family will call around this evening for tea and sandwiches, and no doubt a glass or two of wine.
Ruby’s brief appearance in our lives had a beautiful, powerful impact that we will always treasure the memory of.
Out on my shopping mission this morning I found myself asking the question “What is the true value of an hour?” An hour can change a life, the life of an entire family, community or country. The stark evidence of this we see broadcast every day.
A death, an accident, a financial or natural disaster, a declaration of war; all have the power to transform life as it was known into something completely different.
So much happens within and around us that is way beyond what can be understood with the mind. The very fact that your life at the end of this day could be completely different to what it was at the beginning, is a sobering thought when you think about it.
It’s also a powerful one. You see, however you got to this point, you got here. You have what has been denied to many, life. Life-force energy flows through every cell in your being. Right now it’s beating your heart, keeping you breathing, keeping every system within your being functioning. It’s making it possible for you to read this as your eyes scan the screen, relaying information to your brain, which makes meaning of what you see.
You are a walking miracle. It’s easy to forget this so I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you. As I celebrate my precious granddaughter’s short life, I have something to ask of you; that you take one hour today and make it matter.
In this hour, hug someone, tell them that you love them. Play with that child who craves your attention. Call or visit that person you’ve been meaning to for ages. You can make your own and someone else’s life wonderful in an hour today. You can give your world the gift of you. And no matter what you may believe about yourself on your dark days, you are a gift. Remember that.
You don’t know if tomorrow you’ll have an hour. So do it now!