Thursday, August 6, 2009

Life Is Terminal

I’ve often joked when speaking of death: “nobody gets out of here alive!” Though it’s an attempt to keep things light, the fact is, life on earth is fleeting and when you come face to face with it, death is no joking matter.

Fat Cyclist’s wife, Susan died last night. She had been battling cancer for a long time and now she can take a break from that fight. She was brave in the face of certain death, and an inspiration to thousands of people.

Eldon too exhibited strength in the face of adversity to a degree that I am quite sure I could not. Bravery is not the absence of fear, but moving forward, facing the unknown, even facing certain death in spite of those fears. That he blogged this experience is beyond me. I doubt I could get up in the morning, get dressed and head on down to the salt mine, never mind find the courage to let perfect strangers know about such a terribly personal tragedy.

Eldon and Susan found a way to create something meaningful and lasting in the face of this horrible situation. They harnessed the will and imagination of thousands of people into a great force that has so far generated over a half a million dollars toward efforts to cure cancer.

No one is ‘ordinary’. We are all unique and amazing beings when seen up close. Viewed from the surface of the moon maybe, Susan’s life might appear ’ordinary’ but her passing has demonstrated how extraordinary she was, we all can be. She has not lost her fight, the cause is still out there, waiting for us, the ordinary people to step up and make a simple meaningful gesture that will help Susan live on.

Pray for Eldon and his family, and then make a donation to the Lance Armstrong Foundation in Susan’s memory.

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