And The Beat Goes On…

by sandra on July 15, 2017

{Day Three of my committed, 30-Day Writing Spree}

With the death this week of WALKING DEAD stuntman John Bernecker, we’ve been reminded of how quickly this life can be swept away – not that we don’t have countless other examples on a daily basis.

I just wonder how often all of you out there in the studio audience consider that, one day, you, too will draw your last breath. As for me, every day, I’m more acutely aware that I’m closer to the end of my life than I am to its beginning.

Turns out that John was an organ donor. Now that’s good use of one’s life in death. I thought back to a couple years ago when I got my Georgia license and wavered on checking off the ORGAN DONOR box.

I’ve taken pretty good care of my body; never was a drinker, a smoker, never took street drugs, barely/rarely took prescription drugs. I’ve eaten well and have exercised regularly virtually my entire life. I meditate daily and I’m a pretty decent person, except when I’m angry.

If metaphors stand (and I believe they do), I’ll choose to believe the internist who, several years back, upon viewing my EKG, practically screamed, “YOU’VE GOT A BEAUTIFUL HEART! I’m pretty sure I’ve also got a coupla sterling kidneys, a pristine liver, a sparkling pancreas, beautiful skin (thanks Mom and Dad), and a decent set of eyes (the better to see through bullshit with).

Now why would I want to take all of that good stuff with me when the Grim Reaper comes a-scythin’? I’m not going to have any use for it. And neither are you. I mean, Americans are the most wasteful people on Earth. Here’s a chance for all of us to redeem ourselves, just when it looks like all is lost.

Fully motivated to pull the trigger on givin’ it all up when I go, I checked with DONATE LIFE GEORGIA. Here’s what I plucked off their website:

♥ Becoming an organ, tissue, and eye donor shares life with others. By putting your name on Georgia’s organ, tissue, and eye donor registry, you agree to have your organs, tissues and eyes made available for transplantation upon death.

♥ Examples of organs for life saving transplants include: heart, liver, pancreas, kidneys, lungs, and intestines.

♥ Examples of tissue that could save or enhance someone’s life include: eyes/corneas, heart valves, bones, and skin grafts.

♥ More than 4,900 Georgians are listed for a life saving transplant; over 123,000 are listed throughout the country.

Pretty impressive, right? Imagine the number of lives we could impact, long after everyone else has chosen to be fodder for worms or just plain ole kindling?

Here’s the website. You don’t even have to leave the house to check that box. Think about it. Here’s one instance in life where we truly have nothing to lose. I’m off to check the box! Hope to see you there!


One comment

very good reminder – something LIFECHANGING everyone can do for their fellow man with only the effort of dying – which is gonna happen anyway!

by diane cardea on July 15, 2017 at 8:46 pm. Reply #

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