Two Breaths…

Two breaths one to begin life and one to end life.  Each of these breaths are like a parentheses surrounding life…

I’ve witnessed each of these breaths as a student nurse, a nurse and a daughter and it never ceases to amaze me how fragile life is. Imagine we come to life with a breath! A baby only moments before was a fetus in its mother womb. Now appears  with a crying breath and a life has begun!

The final breaths, I witnessed as a nurse were far less heralded but just as miraculous… One minute a being with a life lived – No matter how long, is with us. Then there is a breath no longer followed by another and he is no longer among us…

I still have difficulty grasping the last breath. Maybe its because with the first breath we have experiences of what we hope the future will hold for a new life. All we have for the final breath are questions…

Most of us believe in a better place and that the soul or life force that left the body is still among us.  That belief comforts us. There will always be questions, but without questions how do we practice faith?

Breathe deeply friends, for the air is sweet and so is life…


By gin

A master teacher in the martial arts, trying to master her life and her thinking to create a better world....

1 comment

  1. Love Running and thinking — about the two breaths — had to put down old pony today watched her take two last very deep breaths inward as if the body was aware that these would be her last– pony was 36 had great life — still i keep thinking life it’s what it’s all about !! Tomorrow will be a new day for me ….

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