I want to write this post so that I can reflect on some things. You just never know what will happen in life. A friend of my family got into an accident today. Broke lots of bones, got hurt really bad, and the rest is in the hands of God. So I have to reflect on the fact that life takes many unexpected turns. Like the photo above of the tornado, you don’t know when it will touch down or what will happen. Sometimes you can’t even plan for it. I have been in tornadoes. All you can do is wait, pray, and hide somewhere that is less dangerous.
Since being in college, I have had two friends get into unexpected accidents. One died instantly on his way to work leaving behind a new born baby and wonderful wife. The other hit head on witha semi-turck going 75 miles an hour. She lived, ended up marrying the doctor who had to give her enemas when every bone in her body was just about crushed. They have now divorced because she wanted to go back to the party lifestyle. I say this because it all happened in an instant. No way to plan, no way to prepare for the difficult times ahead. I count my blessings today and thank God for his mercy. My days are numbered as well.
So out of this time of relfection on thankfulness, I take away a couple key components of life. I must love those around me for on my death bed I will not wish I had worked harder or made more money. I will not wish I had a bigger house and a fancier car. I won’t care about my IRA, I won’t care about my weight, or my points, or my marathons. All I will care about is how I loved others while I was here. The places I go, the things I do, the accomplishments I achieve are all wonderful but without people to love whom I can share the victories and losses with, the THINGS are essentially meaningless.
So today I set out to love others as I have been loved. To share with others the moments in my life that may bring comfort or strength or joy. I set out to learn how to love people better.
I also want to say thank you to each and everyone of you for reading this blog. I want to say thank you for your support and encouragment and advice and wisdom. The comments you write are meaningful to me as well as the other readers who read them. To all of you, KEEP ON KEEPING WITH A SPIRIT OF LOVE AND LIFE AND JOY.