A friend slips off of an icy roof while working on a 35 foot house crashing into a brick retaining wall.
fracturing his tibia and his Fibia plus bones in his ankle.
Laceration on his elbow requiring stitches plus a swollen diaphragm and Lung.
Not at all how he expected his Saturday to play out.
Another friend’s husband had a heart attack. 100% blockage in his left ventricle requiring emergency surgery to place an shunt.
He’s home now resting comfortably in hospital.
I’m sure she never in a million Years saw that coming.
All while we scurry about taking the kids to swimming lessons and birthday parties.
Munching quietly on kernels of buttery popcorn the action on the screen Lulls us into entertainment bliss.
Two different people.
Two different events thousands of miles apart.
The same day.
Both serving a reminder to me.
One that has been bouncing around my brain for days.
Life is short and we never know what’s around the next corner.
We put off using the fancy dishes and burning the nice candles.
We waste our time worrying about people and places and things that aren’t worth worrying about.
We bury our noses into electronic babysitters frittering away time instead of watching the sun set in the evening sky.
The moon rise and we hardly even notice.
We miss feeling the crispness in the air kids our cheeks and we fight the while the silence that tries to envelops us.
Why is that?
Twisted Cinderella says
So true. I have been making a real effort to be completely present in my time with my family lately and this reminds me that I should extend that to my life in general.
Chrishelle Ebner says
Live your life to the fullest everyday.I am a nurse and have seen lives change in an instant. It has put a new perspective on my view of life. I try to spend as much time with my family as I possibly can. I lost my father 5 years ago, way too soon. It really taught me a lesson.
Great post– thanks for the reminder to look around and be thankful!
I have found that limiting my time in my iPhone has helped.
I also am burning the fancy candles 🙂
Sierra Lorenzo (Vegas Mom Squad) says
Why do we remember the bad over the good? Why do we look at picts of our kids when they go to bed? I don’t know. I’m too busy living in the now and being present.
I’m trying to live in the hear and now too! But the kids sure do look sweet when they are asleep 🙂
Losing loved ones and watching the world change so quickly has definitely impacted my life. I cherish what I have and am thankful that I was given another day to continue on this wonderful journey call life. One biggy I do is I NEVER leave of stop talking on a phone to a loved one without telling them I LOVE YOU! If something happens to me I want them to always remember those words.
No matter how many times I say it I always say it.
I would rather they know how I feel then wonder.
Brett Martin (@brettbmartin) says
we all get one ride on this roller coaster, we have to make the most of it!
I totally agree.. Sometimes it’s so crazy I just want off and sometimes it’s so much fun I want another go!
Liz Mays says
It’s something we have to keep reminding ourselves, isn’t it? I think some parts of life I appreciate fully in the moment (my kids), but other things will sometimes give me pause only on occasion. I appreciate this moment to reflect and re-prioritize.
I totally agree!
I’m in the season of re-prioritizing now.
It’s an interesting process for sure but flesh and blood come first!
Danielle @ We Have It All says
It’s just like the bible says, “life is like a vapor” – Here today and then it’s gone. You never know what tomorrow will bring. I think we always need to live life to the fullest as if tomorrow will not come. Never let a day pass w/out telling those you love how you feel.
Hence why we are told not to worry about anything 🙂
Prayer has been a huge part in trying to keep me off the worry train and someday a I fail miserably.
Amanda Love says
I have always said to live in the present and enjoy it while it lasts because tomorrow is promised to no one.
jenny at dapperhouse says
So true. Thank you for the reminder. I am going to put my work aside tomorrow and be 100% with my son for an entire hour with no distractions while he is off school due to weather 🙂
Robyn (@celebbabylaund) says
Crazy. I have been having constant chest pains, so I have been thinking of this a lot.
Hope it’s nothing serious!!
Debbie Denny says
Since my diagnosis, I have decided life must be experienced. Enjoy all of it!
Love your avatar 🙂
And I agree… Life is too precious to see from the sidelines.
Great post. It is so easy to get caught up in what we “have” to do and we forget the beauty that surrounds us.
Totally agree. Why do we not take advantage in the moment?
Tina Ashburn says
I try to live every day as if it’s my last. I’ve always said I could walk outside and get run over by a bus, so I’d better have had chocolate before that happens!
Trisha Haas says
I almost never ever worry. I live life in every moment and am very happy on those moments.
I try to keep in mind all the time how short life is. Because you just never know.
The older I get, the faster time flies. I lost my Mom unexpectedly 4 years ago this March. She taught me one last lesson with her premature departure. Not being able to say goodbye, missing her everyday, her grandchildren not being able to meet her…all remind me to really be in the moment. Enjoy each other, be kind, do the things you want to do…before the chance to is gone.
We try to live our days like its the last. Some days we are good at this. Some not so much.
Pam W says
Thank you for sharing. My family has had so many accidents and diagnoses that I no longer take little things for granted. You definitely have to make the most of life while you still can, you don’t know when something will happen or change.
Trisha Roberts says
Great post! So many things happen daily to everyone. Lots of love and lost, lots of mental and physical changes. So many take life for granted until that life isn’t there anymore. After my heart surgery in 2012, and losing both of my parents, my mom recently on Dec. 18th, 2013, I realize how quick life can take us, and each day is a new day, new memories, and new adventures.
Jen V says
Wonderful post! I am currently recovering from spinal surgery. I ruptured a disc in my lower back after I fell while our family was out hiking. As I have been stuck in bed recovering, I have been thinking a lot about how life can change in the blink of an eye and how I need to make the most of each day.
Such a startling reminder that life is indeed short. I am working on slowing down and enjoying it more.
Christine Luken says
Yes, ever moment of life is to be savored! I’m not getting any younger, so I plan on living life to the fullest!
Victoria H (@funmom91) says
This is a great post. Life is so short and we never know what could happen.
Amy Desrosiers says
I couldn’t agree more with this post!! I have been recently taking time to step back an analyze things in my life. I want to savor every drop of life God is blessing my family with!
I’ve been slapped with the reality of how short life is many times recently. It all goes by in the blink of an eye….
Elizabeth Towns says
We are always saving things for “the right time” or “a rainy day” or “a better day”. Today is that day. Then on a rainy day, we can pull out the paper plates and order pizza, and drink our juice out of plastic cups. That will make a memory too. I’ve lost a lot of family members, and I try to make these memories as they come!
I think it’s Satan’s plan to keep us North Americans busy and not really doing what we should be doing or giving thought to the things that really matter. My friend says that being BUSY is “Being Under Satan’s Yoke.” 🙂
I totally agree!
So much so it makes me cringe to think how much of my life I have wasted.
Even just trying to read my bible some days can be a challenge.