Post written on “Seize the day” from Wax Tailor
I just came back from Israel where I have spent 2 weeks. The first week was split between urban wanders in Jerusalem before the city was locked down. The second half of the week was in Tel-Aviv just before the rockets hit the city. When the rockets firing started in TLV, I had just left for the north of the country. I was crossing fingers for Lebanon to remain in peace as we were staying at some friends just 8 km away from the lebanese borders. It was close to 11 PM saturday night when I heard several “boom” outside. My family and I were all gathered in the living room reading some stories. It was the first time in my life I heard the sound of a bomb, the sound of what war can be. Thankfully the rockets did not reach our village and fell a couple of miles away from the house we were staying in. Still, you have this moment of uncertainty where you just don’t know how things will turn out. I had prepared a bag for my kids with sneakers, food and diapers in case we had to run to the shelter in the middle of the night. At that point, I felt mixed feelings: hope, fear, faith, sadness for the ones injured on both sides. The Israeli Defense Force put an end to the bombing after 30 min of the rockets attack. A little bit before midnight, the silence was king again. A silence that brings back emotional peacefulness.
As I am writing this post, I have a quote from Steve Jobs’s Stanford speech coming back to mind that I would like to share:
“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
Be safe, take care, make peace and seize the day!
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