Decimate: (v) to destroy a great number
The horror of eight million dead Jewish folk.
The prospect of millions being killed in a pandemic outbreak.
These are large events that leave us breathless with their destruction and evil.
But there are other ways to decimate.
Perhaps most common is that moment when most assuredly tenderness, kindness, empathy, reflection and mercy are required. But instead of supplying just the right portion of beauty, an extra thought, another consideration or a bit of nervousness forbids the outpouring.
I will not go so far as to say that losing small moments of grace and gentleness eventually cause horror and mayhem, but I do believe that this journey—this life—this expanse of time we’ve been granted—is meant to hone all of our senses to any possibility where sweetness can be added to the sour and deep-rooted, heartfelt appreciation might be inserted with a wish.
Let us not decimate that which brings life.
And life is abundant when joy is full.