We are connected
"I'm dying. I don't mean this figuratively - like I'm dying of thirst or dying to visit Hawaii. I mean it quite literally. I have incurrable, stage IV lung cancer." shares Peter Kauffman.
Dr. Kauffman was a sociologist. A basic tenet of sociology is that all experiences from birth to death, no matter how personal they may be, are also inherently social.
He continues, 'Although this point is not always acknowledged or fully understood, it becomes unmistakable when you are diagnosed with a terminal disease.
Immediately, your daily existence becomes part of the daily existence of a multitude of others: doctors, nurses, technicians, porters, receptionists, and administrators, not to mention family and friends.'
Thankfully, you don't need an incurable illness to learn this lesson.
While a diagnosis such as Peter's might heighten awareness of interdependence, anyone can become more attuned to how much our lives hinge on the actions of others.
For me, I was thankful for the Grab driver who gave me a safe ride to and from work.
For the security at work who greeted me with a warm smile.
For the helper at work who served the best Teh Tarik.
For the janitor who cleaned the restroom.
For the cook who made a delicious lunch.
For my colleagues who helped me with my work.
For my clients who were always ready to answer my questions.
So, who did you thank today?
~ Peace out, beautiful human ~