Christmas is here again. I don’t want to take too much time from your family, so I’ll just pass along a bit about the interconnectedness of life and death from Dylan Thomas’ classic poem, “And Death Shall Have No Dominion”:
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion
Our lives are fleeting. It can be easy to forget that as our days stretch on. But life is incredibly short. One of the most beautiful things about life is that it is still present even in death.
I am sometimes amazed at how quickly Sam’s mood can change. From cheerful smiles and laughter to full-blown wailing and tears and back again within 5 minutes, without incredible stimuli to prompt it. Sometimes I think he has a better grasp on reality than I do, simply because of that. He recognizes that there is sadness and joy held within our grasp and our lives at any given point.
And yet, the advantage I have is that I can decide which is more significant and which needs to be felt at the time. So, my encouragement to you is to recognize that there is life and death in front of you right now. You probably don’t have to look too hard to find either of them. Choose life, and live.