>Let’s face it – LIFE IS A BIT RISKY…
Everyone who has ever lived has inevitably faced risk. Risk is not merely for extreme sports enthusiasts; it’s a part of life. Every moment that your blood pumps through your body, you run the risk of it failing to do so. Every time you try out for the team, you run the risk of not making the cut. Everyday of your life -and everyday of mine- you risk pain and suffering.
Though the situation seems in retrospect to be quite trivial, I vividly remember the first time I went to a chiropractor. I had been experiencing a good bit of back / neck pain, but on that day, it became unbearable. I could hardly stand up straight, so during my planning period, I ran to see the father of another teacher’s student, a chiropractor. He did a bit of work and assured me that it would take several days for the discomfort to let up considerably. Though I was truly thankful that I would feel better not very long from then, I remember getting in my car and being hit squarely by the thought “All I want is for the pain to be gone – right now… at this very moment.”
The more I live, the more I am convinced that life comes with its share of pain. Part of the risk of living relates to pain – physical, emotional, mental, etc.
Likewise, death is a risk we all face in life. Just as the risk of pain is inevitable, so also is the risk of death necessitated merely by our living. It’s a bit discouraging to recognize the fact that we must all eventually lose our lives to death. No one wins that battle… In the end, we all lose.
* NOTE: merely some thoughts