Suffering brings us toward enlightenment. When Buddha decided to sit under a tree until he found an answer to life, it was suffering that brought him spiritual enlightenment. Have you ever been close to an old dying person? If you notice, they become wiser and more compassionate as death approaches them. For all we know, we all are going to die one day. And what I think is that we are going to become light and love after we leave this Earth for good. That is why we become enlightened in suffering. It is closer to love than ever.
We are all going to die one day. It is inevitable. But how and when we are going to die, no one can surely say that. Not science, not doctors, nor religion. No one. Only this magical pulling and controlling, almost mystical force know when is our turn to go. Some of us die younger than others. Our hearts go out to the families and the parents who lost their children. They are in a better place now… hopefully. It is truly heartbreaking to hear the news for a kid who has lost his life.
A parent can do anything he or she can to protect their little ones. But there are some things in this world that simply cannot be controlled. And they are things like an accident or a disease. You cannot control when your child is going to have cancer. You can do your best to feed him well and treat him properly by taking him regularly to the hospital for a check-up. But no doctor can really tell when cancer might show up in someone’s body. When Charlie Procter was diagnosed with cancer at the age of three, his parents were totally devastated.
The condition that Charlie was diagnosed with is called hepatoblastoma and it usually starts affecting liver, but in Charlie’s case it took over his respiratory system quickly. From the age of three to the age of five, cancer went in a dormant state, or as they say at the hospital, it went in remission. But the virus came back again to strike harder. And it wouldn’t stop. Charlie’s case went national and more than 18,000 people donated money to help him find a cure but eventually his health got worse and worse.
One day his mother wrote on the Facebook page they had created for Charlie that his health was getting worse with each passing day. He was getting sicker and thinner to the point that you could see his bones. One day, little Charlie looked at his mother and apologized to her for having cancer. Hours later he passed away in his parents’ arms. Why would a little boy apologize for something that is out of anybody’s control? Why would he feel as though is his fault for having cancer? Maybe it has something to do with spiritual awakening when someone can feel that death is close.
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