The only certain thing in life is that it has no certainty. We woke up every morning not knowing what lies ahead. We live each day to work for our hopes, our dreams and our happiness and end it either feeling fulfilled, hopeful or hopeless.
When we went to visit our grandpa in the cemetery last Sunday, we almost hit a child on the road. For a moment I wasn’t able to react while everyone around me was angry of the child’s carelessness. I was petrified because I remembered that once, twice, thrice or a couple of times in my life, I was also almost hit by a car because of my carelessness. Honestly, it scares me to think of death.
But anything can happen anytime – I always tell myself to ease my fear. We have no hold of our lives. God gave it to us and only Him can take it from us anytime He wants. Taking away our own lives before God’s time is actually stealing from our Divine Creator, don’t you think? Maybe that is why it’s called a sin.
So there we gathered around my grandpa’s tomb, and as they recalled a bit of his memory, I was fascinated of how life works on earth. When we die nothing else will be remembered of what we did except for those that gave meaning to someone else’s life and touched them so much that they store it carefully in their memory.
Thus I realized that life’s greatest treasure lies not in honor, wealth, power and other material possessions but in the beautiful and meaningful relationships we built with people. It’s called “Pakikipag-kapwa” in Filipino. And the best relationships are built in kindness, respect and sympathy.
It’s easy to be fascinated with what the world has to offer. But at the end of the day, you will realize that those things are not what truly matter.