Life is a temporary journey

Life is a temporary journey. Most cancer patients would relate cancer to the prospect of dying. But whether one has cancer, other illnesses (Covid-19, heart attack, stroke, etc) or accidental injuries, life, is a journey.

Tg Tuan (Cape Rachado), Port Dickson, Negri Sembilan, Malaysia; Photo courtesy of H.L.Toh

According to Mr. Allan, life is a temporary journey.

I met Mr. Allan in a public hospital two decades ago, when I was a young nurse. One of the questions I asked was, ” how do you feel about your illness?” While listening to him, he was trying to find a way to simplify his explanation to me.

Life is a temporary journey.

This was one of the calmest and most serene answers I got then. – Serena Chen

“See this electric cord here. It is attached to the source there on the wall. Life is a temporary journey (he pointed along the wire). Having cancer is just part of my journey. Soon I will go back to where I came from (pointing at the source on the wall)- back to God, back to heaven.”

Is it the same for other religions and beliefs?

2 Corinthians 4:18

while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

This Life is But a journey

“Be in this world as if you were a stranger or a traveller.” (The Prophet Muhammad)

Dalai Lama says:-

“We are visitors on this planet. We are here for one hundred years at the very most. During that period we must try to do something good, something useful, with our lives. if you contribute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true meaning of life.” – Dalai Lama

Published by Chen S. P. @ TPTan

Serena Chen @TPTan, Master degree in nursing (Monash) . Serena teaches local and overseas nurses in a stomaltherapy program. She had presented papers internationally. Serena is a member of the ‘Golden Key International Society (Monash). She was an editor of a mental health bulletin and she enjoys pottery works, cartoons, painting and poems. She shares insightful experiences about being a carer for people with mental illness and cancer in this defining society.

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