Last night I bumped into an acquaintance I hadn’t seen in some time. It was another lesson learned in how life is fragile.
As is customary and mannerly, the appropriate question in these circumstances is often to ask “how are you” or “how’ve you been,” and the response you’re expecting is “fine”.
But that wasn’t the case here.
It turns out that her 40-year-old daughter had passed away suddenly without any warning or evident cause. I was speechless as I’m sure you can understand. After all, what comforting words can you possibly offer during such a painful, sometimes unbelievable occurrence?
For the remainder of the evening and even today I can’t stop thinking about her daughter’s untimely passing. I kept thinking about my wife and what in the world I would do if something terrible were to happen to her. I’ll be 40 in a few years and frankly this is hitting a little too close to home.
Life is fragile. No one knows how long they have on this earth, and few of us seize the day as though it were our last. Myself included.
Last night my wife and I sat down and told each other how wonderful our lives together have been, how blessed we are to have found each other and what fun we’ve had over the last 12 years. When was the last time you told someone you love just how much they mean to you? Maybe it’s a parent, a child, a spouse or a friend, but they deserve to know how much you appreciate their place in your life before that life is over.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein
Don’t let your miracles go unnoticed, realize how life is fragile and not infinite.