From one second (not minute) to the next

Laura, the daughter of one of our patients, told me that she was with her mother when she had her stroke and collapsed to the ground.   She was walking her mom from her home to her car — fifty feet away? — and she just collapsed to the ground and that was that. 

My mother was chatting about the food on the menu at her assisted living facility when another resident fell while exiting the bathroom and started to cry and moan.  Apparently, she broke her hip.  Emergency technicians were there presently and that lady’s life and the life of her family is fundamentally changed.  In one second. 

How fragile!  How suddenly things change!  The Buddha (much like “Christ” it is not a last name) said something like
“All life is as fragile as a candle placed out in the middle of a hurricane”. 

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