Life is a demanding mistress and like a mercurial lover it is often unreasonable and unpredictable… And above all, never expect it to be fair.
When you think that you have everything under control, life can throw you a vicious curveball that will leave you reeling. You might try to prepare for various contingencies but there is no foolproof readiness for life’s capricious U-turns.
“Life is a lottery, we lose, we win, and we never know what is going to happen.” Jacques Salome
In an ideal world there would to be some kind of a document (like a car insurance contract) stipulating exactly when your life ends. This way we could better prepare, including family and friends for the Great Leap.
We know that our demise is unavoidable but most of us prefer not to think about it. Soon or later though everyone will have to confront the Grim Reaper.
We are on this earth for a short time and ideally speaking we ought to live every day of our life like it would be the last. But unfortunately we don’t know when fate will intervene and alter or cut short the course of our existence.
“Life is like a roll of toilet paper; hopefully long and useful, but it always ends at the wrong moment.” Rudyh
Regardless, what everybody ought to think about is his/her own legacy. Every man/woman ought to strive to leave a good account of himself on the Day of the Last Judgment. Some of our playfellows do it, effortlessly, and we will always keep a fond memory of them. Some disappear without making a ripple.
When I cash in my chips, I would like people to remember me kindly. I would like them to say, “he was a good man and he will be missed.” Exactly the way we think about our dear departed friend Henry Wessel.
You can judge the caliber of a man by the void he leaves after his departure. And Henry left a deep, long lasting crater.
When I go, I would like to leave the same legacy. He was a journeyman pétanque player, but a kind-hearted man who had a good sense of humor and loved (almost) all living creatures.
In my book, anybody who co-habits with a pet is a good person. And it should be a prerequisite for anybody planning to enter public service.
Is there presently a pet in the Oval Office? I would be surprised…