Reflections: The sweetest sounding organ is a donor organ

The bliss of the womb, where we are warm and protected, has a limited shelf life.

Then we are born and face potential peril -- subject to genetics, lifestyle and the fickle finger of fate.

People die. People get sick. There is no serendipity to that cycle, only the metronome of consistency.

But death can spawn life. Or at least instill a second chance at life.

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That’s what organ donors do. Amidst all the wreckage of their demise, they prevent deathly sick people from dying -- at least for the here and now.

If you for some unfathomable reason still are sprinkled with small fingers of doubt about signing up to be an organ donor, you should attend an organ donor awareness event where families of donors and organ recipients mingle with a brimming enthusiasm for life.

It is a heartwarming, compelling and profoundly moving experience.

Nobody can accurately read the future’s tea leaves. Do the right thing -- for a loved one, a neighbor, a stranger. For anyone.

Wrap your head around these numbing numbers: There were 114,000 men, women and children on the national transplant waiting list as of April 2018. There were 34,770 organ transplants performed in 2017. Tragically, 20 people die each day waiting for a transplant.

Hopefully when you got your latest driver’s license in Pennsylvania you agreed to be an organ and tissue donor and your information was added to the state donor registry.

If you opted not to when you renewed your license, please now consider registering with the state organ donor database on the Donate Life Pennsylvania website.

Most of us do not lead an extravagantly orchestrated life. But organ donors will have an extravagantly orchestrated death.