Written By: Timmy Smith
In the Disney Movie, "Tuck Everlasting," a family discovers the fountain of youth. They have become eternal beings, forever locked into the age that they first drank the water. A young lady named Winni, who has befriended the family, discovers their secret and wants to drink from the water too.
The father tells her, "If there's one thing I've learned about people, it's that they will do anything-anything-not to die. And they'll do anything to keep from living their life. What we Tucks have, you can't call it living. We just are. We're like rocks, stuck at the side of the stream. Don't be afraid of death Winnie. Be afraid of the unlived life."
To consider why we are here and what life must live; we should first realize there is a beginning-birth-and an end-death. The end is what makes the life so valuable and crucial. We don't know how much time we have. Every day, any day, could be the last. We just don't know. This creates an urgency that few embrace.
When we're young, it is really easy to live like we have 60-70 years ahead of us and statistic prove that May be true. But, still, no one knows. Assume we're the exception. But this is so why when a young person dies tragically; it is so devastating to the family, friends, and community. It drives home the reality of a short lived life.
A wise man once said, "On every grave stone is a birth year and a death year, and then there's a little dash in between. It's the dash that counts."
So what are you going to do with your dash? When life is bad or good, always remember; be afraid of the unlived life. Don't waste it, live it! Is there something that you know you need to get rid of in your life? A thing? An activity? A relationship? That you know is hurting you and you must stop. Today, renounce it. Get help, give it up, tell a friend, then reach in and reach out. Sometimes what it takes it so rethink, relive, and revive!
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