Tragedy struck our family this weekend. One of the cousins passed away. Four days after her 13th birthday - the saddest thing ever. I’m sitting here just staring out the window. Someone’s mowing their lawn, kids are riding their bikes. She should be outside playing – it’s such a beautiful day.
Surreal. As I watch the world go on so easily without her, my mind is searching for what could possibly be learned from such sadness.
1. The only ones hurt by death are the ones left behind. We hurt like hell. They are in a better place.
2. Tears are cleansing. Both literally (physically) and metaphorically. Let them flow.
3. Stay nourished. Both physically and spiritually. Someone will need you to be strong for them. Be ready.
4. Say I love you IN LIFE. A lot. It’s too late when they’re gone.
5. Pray. And if your particular miracle doesn’t happen, pray some more. God’s will is not ours.
6. Do whatever it takes to make time, to make memories. You never know if it’s your last chance.
7. Tomorrow’s another day. Every day of life is a chance to do something better. Whatever makes you a better person; do that.
Hug your kids. Call someone and tell them you love them. Screw work, go play. Do anything- anything at all that makes the people you love KNOW, how much you love them.