The meaning of life. It’s people. It’s always been about people…it’ll always be about people. Something I heard a long time ago that sticks in the back of my mind is this…
If the world ended tomorrow…would it all have been worth it? I don’t remember where I heard this but it stuck with me.
Not just the things in our day to day lives, but these monumental discoveries in science, mathematics, and cherished works of art. If a giant rock slammed into earth and all life ceased to exist…would the material things, discoveries, and attained wealth have been worth it?
We’ve been binge watching “This Is Us” and it is doing a marvelous job of exemplifying the importance of people, relationships, and how there are all these amazing links between them. Especially one scene. Warning, possible spoiler. Justin Hartley, who plays Kevin Pearson, aka the Manny, is about to perform on the opening night of a play he’s now producing. A New York Times critic is supposed to be there. It’s a night full of nerves and emotion. Then…5 minutes before curtains up, his brother Randall, played by Sterling K. Brown, calls him. Kevin knows something isn’t right…he can just tell. (The link) Stage goes dark…lights come up…and Kevin’s gone.
The next scene you see him running to his brother to comfort him. He just sits and holds him. (And then I cried like baby!!) There are so many things to write about in this one scene y’all but I won’t digress too much.
He left on opening night because his brother needed him. Kevin needed to be with Randall more than he needed to be the star. He wanted to be the shoulder for his brother to cry on more than he wanted to prove Hollywood wrong. Oh and real quick, why? What made him do this? Simple. Before the play started Milana Vayntrub (AT&T girl) asked him what he was thinking about and he said, “About what my dad would do.” Whole other blog here folks. But he was taught that people matter more than anything else.
After he performed the opening show…a super important critic didn’t show up. And he said, it didn’t matter. He was there for a special person. I’m digressing a lot, but these two scenes sum up my thoughts in such a beautiful way.
Whether you believe earth began 6 trillion years ago or 6 thousand years ago, the only constant that’s really mattered has been the people around us. People come and go and the earth has remained. Question for ya. At the end of anyone’s life, what is the one thing you always hear their loved ones say? Take a second. I already know the answer though.
They always say, “I just wish I had spent more time with them.” Time…ahhh yes. And the regret of how we spent it. How valuable time is. We just really need to put things in perspective and anyone who’s lost someone knows that people come first. It’s a lesson we learn only when it’s too late.
Why’d I do dishes instead of reading them a book?
Why did I spend that extra time at work when I should’ve been home with the family?
Why did I put off our dinner and think I could visit them next weekend? And now they’re gone.
Why…why…why. The guilt and pain is irreparable. So we must refocus now. What’s important? People. A really influential person once said, “‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” I think he even died for…people. Jesus didn’t hang on a cross for buildings, money, iPhones, or Netflix. (Well…maybe Netflix, I mean have you seen Stranger Things!) He hung on there for people…he bled for people…
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying we shouldn’t pursue how passions, interests, hobbies, and careers. But there’s going to be a time when you and I will have to make a choice between something that seems important or people. Choose people. They’re always going to be more important.
We really do take for granted that tomorrow is all but certain don’t we?