One Never Knows!

One Never Knows!

In the blink of an eye! At the drop of a hat! That’s exactly how long it can take for life to change completely! Instantly! No warnings! Boom! Just like that!

We’ve all had those moments in life when, from out of nowhere, life beans us with a curve ball that doesn’t break! We find ourselves devastated; in shock; disconnected; often undone!

We hear about or see such life events almost daily! Tornadoes; earth quakes; hurricanes; explosions; automobile accidents; heart attacks; shootings are just some examples of events that completely alter the landscape of life. Many of these events leave death and/or destruction in their wake! So many times in the aftermath of such tragedies, I hear laments from survivors that center around regrets – regrets about not spending enough time; not paying enough attention; not sharing true feelings; not taking opportunities to express gratitude.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we were all able to make an effort to pay attention to the truly important things in life at least once each day? What are those important things you ask? Well, relationships of course! Relationships with our spouse or partner; relationships with our children or parents; relationships with our friends or colleagues; relationships with our teachers or students; relationships with our supervisor or those we supervise; relationships with our friends and neighbors are all representative of the kinds of relationships that require our attention on a daily basis. Oh and one other relationship that requires daily maintenance . . . our relationship with ourselves.

I wish I could say that I live my life each day in such a manner that if/when those inevitable blindside events storm into my life that I can honestly say that I have lived with as much integrity as possible. That I have extended courtesy and grace and love and respect to those around me – especially those who hold a special place in my heart. I know that I am not as good at this as I want to be.

So today – right now – I invite you to join me as I “make every effort to live in peace with everyone . . .” I truly believe that as we learn to do this more effectively, the world will be a better place in which to live!

Remember! One Never Knows!


Approximately 24.5 years ago I was widowed when my first wife died as a result of injuries she received in a single car accident on her way to work one morning. Within two hours of her departure from our home she was pronounced dead at the local hospital. My life changed forever in a matter of minutes. I have written a book entitled Awaken to Good Mourning that is available on Amazon in both print and Kindle versions. Although the information in the book relates specifically to death losses, the applications to moving through other life tragedies exist as well. I invite you to visit the link


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