This post was written in the early days of Sixty Something Now. It certainly is relevant to everyone and everything on an ongoing basis.
It has been said that all we have is today. I’m sure we all agree on that, because we have lived enough years to know it’s obvious that we get to live only one minute at a time.
Last week I learned about a young man, 26 years of age, who was murdered. What an awful tragedy for his family and friends to deal with that loss on so many levels, including the impending birth of his first child in a couple months.
All of us have a history over these past years, and hopefully it doesn’t hold something as difficult as this to have dealt with. But would you not agree, that every time we hear something like this it gives us a reason to make every day count for something.
Yesterday, I was driving in downtown Detroit along a very old highway with very narrow lanes. This is one of my least favorite highways anywhere. I successfully arrived at my appointment and was there for only about 25 minutes. As I got back on the road heading west, the traffic started to slow up a bit, and as I continued I could see the flashing lights on the eastbound side where I had just driven a little while before. There were probably about 4-5 cars in various stages of being crashed and smashed. At about the time that I passed the area, the traffic report came on the radio and reported some details, including a person lying on the road surface as a result.
Yikes! I had just traveled on that road to get to my appointment! I don’t think it was my imagination that most of the drivers around me slowed down just a bit.
At a time like that, and when we hear of these things happening, I guess the immediate response is to appreciate what we have right now. Appreciate our lives, our family, our loved ones, our friends. And I would imagine that at times when we hear things like this, we appreciate our life even if it isn’t what we would consider perfect or where we want it to be. Perhaps we should rethink that one. Maybe our life is perfect just the way it is–today.
What are your thoughts and experiences about this?