Learn to appreciate what you have before time makes you appreciate what you had.
The sudden and tragic recent deaths of Katie Cooper (Ayala graduate) and Nnamdi Okongwu (entering his senior year at Chino Hills High) are another reminder to all of us of the fragility of human existence. When two young people who are so loved are inexplicably removed from life, we shake our heads in disbelief. For me these occurrences have a personal resonance as they remind me of the loss of my wife more than seven years ago, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor and only lasted seventy days after the initial diagnosis in spite of having no incidents of cancer on either side of her family. I remember seeking some solace from my grief through reading and happened to come upon a book entitled, “The Five Things We Cannot Change” by David Richo. He believes there are five things about life that are immutable:
1. Everything changes and ends.
2. Things do not always go according to plans.
3. Life is not always fair.
4. Pain is a part of life.
5. People are not loving and loyal all of the time.
For most of us although
Providence will always give us reminders (through the deaths of young people
like Katie and Nnamdi) that life is no sturdier than the gossamer wings of a
butterfly, we will inevitably return to our delusional belief that we are “in
control” of every aspect of our daily lives.
But for me their deaths are a reminder to all of us to embrace and
celebrate every day of breath we are given, for life is a precious gift that
many of us all too often take for granted.
More information can be found on the Chino Valley USD Curriculum Department web pages.