It's so easy to get caught up in our every day lives... things that seem important but when compared to the people we love and dramatic world tragedies - just seem ridiculously unnecessary.
With Memorial Day just passed - I am also reminded of recent tragedies.
There was a very dear friend my age who I never expected to die so young who passed May 4th. Even though he had health problems and quite often was in and out of the hospital... it's still hard to believe. I'm grateful he's at peace and will no longer suffer... But I am trying to let go of the regret I have from not spending time with him the last couple times I had a chance.
Another family friend very suddenly died leaving a devastated family. A truly tragic accident that no one ever could expect... it's a reminder of just how fragile our bodies can be and how we never really know how long we have on this earth.
Of course we are always reminded when there is a massive tragedy such as in Oklahoma, Boston, 911, school shootings... the world is precarious. We all know we are going to die - we just don't know when.
I write this not to be morbid - but to remind us (of course myself included), not to get caught up in the superficial things we love and let them take precedence over treasured family and friends. It is so easy to do... assuming we will always have a chance to see them when we have time.
I don't want to regret missing those important moments. I don't want to miss the chance anymore to put the people I love as top priority. It can be so easy to lose sight of that - I have so often done this in the past.
To any family or friends who read this - I love you. If I lose sight of the priorities, PLEASE give me a swift kick in the bum and remind me of this blog post.
This also goes out to anyone suffering a recent loss or on-going tragic situation. You are loved and please reach out when you need to.