Life is short.
But in the relatively short time we have here on this earth, we are given enough time to experience the love and joy of fierce intimacy, the excruciating beauty of the angle of the sun on the horizon, and the aching tenderness of compassion toward our fellow travelers that we meet along our way.
We also have time to experience and express the full power and glory of rising above adversity to overcome our own finite-ism. We can make more of our lives than we thought we could and learn to live and serve others with all our strength.
THAT is what justifies our challenge to face death.
That is why we choose risk as a part of life.
-- Jolene Unsoeld