My own recent difficulties were suddenly snapped into perspective when I received an e-mail from Basha O’Reilly of the Long Riders’ Guild. British Long Rider Christy Henchie was hit and killed by a bus in Tanzania last Monday and her fiancee’, Billy Brenchley of South Africa, was seriously injured. At least two of the villagers who had been walking down the road with them were killed and many more were injured, including many children. My heart goes out to Billy and to Christy’s family and to the friends and families of the Tanzanians involved in this tragedy. I can’t even begin to imagine the size and shape of the hole that was suddenly torn through their lives. I never met Christy, but I’ve read about her Journey and I know she was a Long Rider with a passion much like my own. And in the midst of this tragedy I can’t help but think, “Well done! We all have to die of something at some time, but You Truly Lived Your Life.”
To read more about this truly inspiring woman, please go to: http://horsetalk.co.nz/2013/01/31/horror-smash-tanzania-claims-life-long-rider/#.UQoTovIpk90
In the words of Albert Einstein, “The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.” Christy took the first choice and her life, and the lives of countless others, was richer for that. Thank You Christy, and Billy, I am sorrier than I can say – may you hold fast to the good bits of which there are many.