|Mala--prayer beads 2017|
There are "four sufferings." They are the suffering of birth, old age, sickness and death.
When the young Indian prince Shakyamuni left his home for the first time, he was shocked at what he found outside his palace walls. Part of what he saw were the sick and the dying. Witnessing this started his spiritual journey to becoming a Buddha.
As days, weeks, months pass and the numbers rise, will the sickness and death spur us to be better, do better? If not, this time would be worthless.