#376: Life is Short, Sometimes Too Short
Thursday, July 15, 2010
My heart is hurting tonight. I got a telephone call from my sister. Her ex-husband, the father of her adult children, was rushed to a hospital this evening. Paul is only in his late 40s and had seen his doctor this afternoon complaining about a severe headache that kept him awake last night and didn't go away today.
After that appointment he returned to work where he passed out and was transported to the hospital where an MRI showed a mass on his brain. He's undergoing surgery now.
Just two months ago his wife died in her sleep.
As for him, it's too soon to know what will happen.
But for his children and those of us who have known him for what seems forever, his situation illustrates how short life sometimes is. We never know from moment to moment if we will be given another day.
That's why it is so vitally important we make amends with family and friends and tell those closest to us that we love and cherish them. If we wait, it may be too late.
Hug your children and your spouse or girlfriend or boyfriend. Try to live your life as if today may be your last one on earth. For it may be.
Whatever your religious beliefs, give thanks every morning when you start your day. Treat people with respect and courtesy. Enjoy yourself as much as you can. Give your best effort in all you do. At the end of the day you will feel fulfilled. For tomorrow isn't promised and may never come.
As for Paul and his family and others suffering today, please offer a prayer for a speedy recovery.