Saturday, July 19, 2014

#201 / This Is What It Looks Like

Cor Pan (pictured below) was a passenger on the Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down over the Ukraine on Thursday. He was reportedly heading for a beach holiday in Malaysia. 

Just minutes before he boarded the plane, Cor Pan posted a picture of the downed Malaysian airliner on his Facebook page, saying: "If it should disappear, this is what it looks like." 

ln view of what happened to the plane, and to Cor Pan, and to all the others aboard the airliner, this is surely one of the most poignant communications one could possibly imagine. 

It struck me, when I read the story about Cor Pan's posting, that we are all of us, in many ways, and throughout our entire lives, essentially "posting" messages that are the equivalent of what Cor Pan said in his final Facebook entry.

Life is very brief. We are privileged to be alive, and we never know, from one moment to the next, how long that privilege will be granted to us. 

So... every work of art, short story, novel, song, play, instagram photo, Facebook posting, blog entry, farewell to someone as you leave for home, or a love letter sent to someone special is a way of saying about our life (it really is) "if this should disappear, this is what it looks like."

Our beautiful lives are poignant, every one, and in every moment, as Cor Pan's posting showed.

Peace be to Cor Pan, and to the other passengers on Flight 17, and to their families and loved ones, and to us all.

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