By Erin Taves
You may think that in life, a lot of things happen to you along the way. The truth is, in life, you happen to a lot of things along the way. (Dr. Shad Helmstetter)
I watched as emergency medical personnel carted the woman on a stretcher down the busy hospital corridor. They walked quickly, yet appeared to be in no particular hurry. I stole a glance at the woman’s motionless form; her mouth was gaping open and red. It reminded me of a gory Halloween mask.
I shouldn’t have stared; it’s not considered polite. But I snuck one more look at her in an attempt to determine the cause of her injury. It was Halloween and the phrase “trick or treat” kept echoing through my mind. I wondered about the woman on the stretcher—if her life was a series of tricks or treats.
I saw, in her motionless form, my own fragility. We will both be causalities of the same ephemeral world in which time calls us to dance. I remembered all the times in which I was left to pick up the broken pieces of my psyche after having fallen apart. I’m sure that when things were not going well that I considered myself a victim of circumstances; but perhaps I was bracing for the tricks instead of asking for treats.
My life is a treat. I accept all the goodness
that life has to offer.
© Erin Taves 2016
Treat was originally published in “Creative Journey Five Minute Meditations for Transformation” Published by Heartspace Writing School.
Biography –Erin Taves
Erin Taves plays the role of wife, mother, friend, employee, and spiritual enthusiast. She attended a Transformative WritingTM program in 2004 and continues to enjoy gatherings with “Prism”; an eclectic group of women who provide her with inspiration and wisdom. Erin’s writing is self-reflective, based on her observations of the world and how it imitates her inner psyche. She reads books that promise to reveal some secret that has yet to be revealed.