Tragedy and Gratitude

30 Oct

It’s sadly one of those nights were it takes a tragedy to bring the realization home as to how truly precious life is and how lucky we are every day to be just be able to wake up, go to work at a job we probably hate, and spend time with those we love doing mundane things like watching tv  – the little things we take for granted. I am so sad to see what’s happening in the north east and offer prayers and thoughts for a good outcome, although that’s not going to be the case for a lot of people come morning’s light. This could be the last night families are together, the last time they say good night to each other, the last time they are able to say I love you. That breaks my heart more than I can even say right now with the thought of what these people must be going through. I’ve been there. Back in the early 80’s, my family lost everything we had in a flood when we lived in Mobile, AL. We came out with the clothes on our backs but we had each other. The feeling of not knowing what was going to happen once the water started rushing in through the vents was scary, not knowing if I was going to be swept away from my dad’s arms when we had to fight the rushing water outside to go up the hill to the neighbor’s safe house, not knowing what the next morning was going to show us. To those having those same emotions of helplessness, fear and uncertainty tonight, I can only say hold onto hope and faith. You have friends you don’t know praying for your safety and prayer in numbers is an amazing, powerful thing. To those who are fortunate enough to not have to go through this, stop right now and tell those you love how much you love them, pick up the phone (who cares if it’s late) and make the call that you should have made before, and if you have someone near you that you love, hug them tightly and say I love you. Time is a gift, it’s not unlimited and we are all perishable items with an expiration date that only God knows. Just say a word of thanks for what you have, who you have and mean it. It’s so important. 

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One Response to “Tragedy and Gratitude”

  1. gotcountryaustralia October 30, 2012 at 5:08 am #

    I loved this. We all are guilty at one time or another for taking things for granted. I live your writing too.

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