“Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.” ~Stephen VincentBenét
I guess we really don’t appreciate things until they are long gone! We live our lives as if we will be here forever, and then such as in Italy recently, an earthquake strikes or a natural disaster and it your whole life has changed, or in some cases it has ended! As long as you read about news from a far land you can get a false sense of security, but when it happens in your back yard, reality strikes! This could be you!
A time of reflection is healthy and often occurs when something devastating happens just around the corner. But it would be wise to have this “reflection” each and every day! Just think, what if you didn’t show just how much you appreciated your wife/husband/child or friend yesterday, and you wake up to find that they are missing through an accident or disaster? We often think of where we have failed so miserably in times such as these, but in the hustle and bustle of the day, we can tend to largely ignore or take for granted those we live and work with.
We would be better off living as though today was our last. Be there for others, show appreciation, give a hug, be kind because tomorrow may never come for them, or even for you. This is a reality that we often choose to ignore since it is an unpleasant thought, but the world would be a better place if we all had this mindset! –Carpe Diem