“For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?
Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.”
-- Kahlil Gibran
My Sister-In-Law, Cathy, has left the hospital and moved into hospice care. It is difficult for us to understand why someone so innocent must be taken from us so young. However a friend once explained to me that it makes sense when you realize that the innocent are chosen because they have already earned their wings. The rest of us remain here because we need to keep trying.