How close does a close call need to be in order for one to be open to the possibility that each moment we have is a unique window of opportunity?
As I think of a few close calls, to friends as I listen to their stories, or in random events mostly while riding in Singapore, there are things I can account for as well as things that are unexplainable. To set the stage, in each case, I candidly have no explanation or insight on the greater story. Each story appears unique. From what I can see, everyone is equally deserving of a good turn or positive outcome. Again, in each case, the why or why not of any particular situation is beyond my ability to seem explain, or in many cases understand.
Here is what I can see.
In the midst of terrible events, there are streaks of beauty, hope, and a realization that life could have ended up in an even more terrible place than it has. Lucky escapes driving, near misses in corners, and the gifted hands of surgeons mean that we live for another day. One can be consumed by the possibility of the negative or decide to embrace the wonder and hope that lives on.
Sharing in all its forms is the first action one should take. The obvious is to ask for help; “you called out to God in your desperate condition; he got you out in the nick of time.” (Psalm 107.13) But it this is not the only action. Share your life with those close to your heart. Let them into your heart by sharing your fears, hopes, and uncertainties. It may seem easy to write and read this but in life I find that it takes great courage to consistently take this step.
Do something with what you have. Life is chaotic, difficult, and overwhelmingly painful. In this reality, we can act. In our action, hope lives and grows, lives are transformed by a smile, and we can make a difference in at least one life – our own.