Treasure what you have every day

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 June, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 June, 2008, 12:00am

My grandmother was very old but healthy. Then one day my mum received a call from my dad. She had a sad look on her face as she talked to my father.

After the conversation, my mum told me: 'Your grandmother has passed away.'

I was so surprised. How could a healthy person die so suddenly? I started to regret that I hadn't cared about my grandmother. I only visited her about four times a year.

But it's too late now - we can't bring her back.

This taught me to treasure friends and family. You don't know what will happen tomorrow so you need to cherish what you have.

Stephanie Wong Shu-ting, CNEC Christian College

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Stephanie. It can be easy to take people for granted: we assume that our family and friends will always be there.

But the scary truth is that nobody lives forever.

That's why it's so important to make the most of every day. Each day is a chance to do something worthwhile, try something new and make a difference to our lives.

This doesn't mean we have to do something breathtaking every day. 'Something worthwhile' can be holding a door open for someone, 'something new' can be as simple as eating something different for breakfast and 'making a difference' is everything good that you do throughout the day, even smiling at everyone you see.

It is also crucial to appreciate the people in your life every day. It's probably impossible to see or phone everyone you know, but it is possible to be grateful for their presence in your life.

While it's always sad when someone passes away, don't regret the time you didn't spend together; instead, be grateful that you knew them and carry on living life to the fullest.

Karly, Sub-editor