The world we live in is a scary one. I don’t know if it’s any worse than it was years ago, or if it is just that we can hear and see the news the instant anything happens. I realize how negative this sounds, but there are moments I think to myself, if I can survive cancer and acts of terrorism, I’ll be lucky. I know that is dramatic, but it is honest.
It seems every other day or so there is another attack on innocent people. And it’s getting closer and closer to home. I completely understand there isn’t much I can do to prevent anything happening to me or my family, it’s all about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. We have to go on living and doing things we love to do; not live in fear. But that can be easier for some than others. I love to travel and see new places, but I can truly say that now traveling certain places really scares me and there are places I’d love to see, that I will not travel to right now.
Every day I think about those who have lost their family members far too soon; The Guentensberger family in our community who lost their 12 year old daughter Rylie in a freak car accident in a running store; or a friend on Facebook who just lost her young sister to cancer; or the two men in a train in Portland who were killed trying to defend some girls being called racist names. None of these people deserved to die! All of these people had full lives ahead of them, families, and friends. It’s truly heartbreaking. And this was all THIS WEEK!
I know it sounds cliché and people always say it, but it is so important to live in the moment. We don’t know how many moments we have left. How many hugs and kisses we will get to give and receive. All we can do is hold our kids tighter, and love on them as much as they’ll allow. So, let’s pay closer attention to our kids, set down our phones, turn off the TV, ask them questions about their day, plan fun outings to do together and just love them. I am by no mean perfect at this, but I am getting better. It is on my mind a lot more now. I am better at stopping and listening, rather than “listening” while doing other things around the house. For so many reasons we need to stop and pay attention.
I hope and pray that this world becomes happier and healthier, but until then, let this be a reminder to you- and to me- to stop and enjoy what we have. We are truly very lucky and very fortunate.