BY EUGENE MCGIVERN
“It is right that he too should have his little chronicle, his memories, his reason, and be able to recognize the good in the bad, the bad in the worst, and so grow gently old down all the unchanging days, and die one day like any other day, only shorter” – SAMUEL BECKETT
Thus the words of Fintan’s favourite scribe. We all have our bad moments and within those moments discover something of life. This is all like a strange potion and Fintan sampled both good and bad effects in its sampling. For all those who miss Fintan breathe deeply and inhale the pain. It makes us human, it teaches us to desire more, it makes us look around and appreciate the little things in life. The person in passing that smiles our way. The car that stops to let you cross a busy road. The tiredness that comes with ploughing through a hard day. It all has a purpose, even if unbeknownst at the time.
Seasons will pass and bloom, will arise, wither and fall. Do not hide away. Hold fast to all the ways Fintan affected you. No matter how little. Find a way to use it for your betterment. Hope that you might one day be regarded on the same measure stick of gentleness of heart as Fintan O Toole.