Little reminders of living

It has been a long time since I really had to say that the day was bad. It wasn’t the day’s fault and it did not start out that way. It seemed to get worse as the day went on. I went to a breakfast meeting, and had a nice long talk with a good friend, and then I went onto work and the day seemed like any other day. Before 8pm, I had a co-worker whose 12-year-old son needs radiation, the kid I have mentioned in previous blogs suffered from a collapsed lung and almost died, met a 19 yr old “know it all”, and then a baseball parent passed away from cancer. This is the second parent we know that has passed away from cancer in the last three weeks. Although we did not know either parent well, their loss on their families will be something that will be weighing heavy on our hearts for a while. I know for me, it will be especially when I see their families or hear these men’s names. These reminders of the lives we lead and those that we hold dear almost have to shock us into another state of mind. I read a quote earlier this week, “People will always be opposed to anything that threatens what they love.” This applies to anything and everything, but it is only when these things come to light do we really remember what is truly important. That is why I am encouraging you to do what you are meant to do, believe in your heart, and pursue your dream now. We should take none of this for granted and need to stop waiting for tomorrow. For these two men, tomorrow never comes. For the kid who almost died and the other one who has new medical issues, tomorrow is not promised. For the 19-year-old who thinks he has it all figured out, tomorrow is yet to be treasured. Don’t wait to tell the ones you love, that you love them. Our souls are beating because of our committment to the ones we treasure. These reminders make us feel pain, sadness, and sorrow and make us humble that our issues are miniscule compared to these bigger episodes in other’s lives. Someday, we may not be so removed from them. Someday, they may be closer to home and we will have wished we could have more time. Time that no one is ever promised. Make use of the time you have and use it to the fullest. You will never have any regrets if you do that. Take care.

Michelle Homme 2011 ©