Most of us have experienced some sadness or tragedy in our lives or in the lives of people we know. We find out a grandma has cancer or a friend of a friend has miscarried or a son has died too young. It doesn’t matter if it is something that has happened within my family or within a friend’s family twice removed, I feel absolutely rocked in those moments.
Bad news saddens us. Our hearts break for those closest to the bad news. We spout of reminders to ourselves and others, “life is so short,” “life is precious,” “life is fleeting.” Then we emerge from those moments resolved to treasure our loved ones and lives a little more dearly.
And we generally do, for the next hour or the next day or if we’re lucky for the next month. And then we forget and jolt back into the routine of our lives.
Why does it take a tragedy for us to remember to treasure what’s truly important?
We try! We really do. But, Life. Is. Busy. We are running to appointments, carting kids to practice, repainting our bathroom, making the next sale, grocery shopping, working out, meal planning, or whatever it might be….and that is usually all before our second cup of coffee!
The other day, I was helping my little son walk up the stairs into our house and it was taking FOREVER (I know, give me a break, right?). I was literally tapping my foot and I rolled my eyes, all as I was holding his precious hand waiting for him to MOVE! That was yet another: hold up crazy mama moment! Slow down mama. Be thankful you have this little treasure and savor these beautiful toddler fleeting moments.
When tragedy strikes, do you ever think of your own mortality? At the end of this life, what will matter? What will people say in my eulogy? Will the CEO of the company you are breaking your back for right now cry for you? Maybe, but you’ll probably be lucky to get flowers before they clean out your desk and rehire your position. Will all of the stuff filling up your house and garage join together and pray around your casket? Doubt it, bet they’ll instead enjoy a trip together to Good Will.
I don’t mean to be morbid here, but honestly, what’s it going to take to get us to wake-up and start really living this life before its too late?
Please join me:
Let’s not wait for tragedy to treasure this life.
Let’s slow down and savor it.
Let’s take care of “our people.”
Let’s say yes only to what truly matters.
AND let’s remember to put the above on repeat every day so we don’t forget.
Prayers to those in pain.