Be Thankful

Today I’m reminded of the preciousness and fragility of life. I received word that the wife of a friend of mine was killed tragically in a car accident earlier this week. It’s reported that an 18 wheeler ran a red light and t-boned the car of which she was the passenger. Both she and the driver were killed as a result of the accident. As I drive home complaining about <insert non-important life issue> I feel incredibly guilty for not focussing on all of the things and people I have to be thankful for.

I only really know Jeff, my friend, from the baseball field. He exudes kindness and his personality and apparent love of life are infectious. On numerous occasions he has reminded me about the “love of the game” as I tend to take men’s league baseball too seriously (those of you who know me understand that I’m my own worst critic and at times am too competitive). Jeff and his late wife have 2 young, beautiful kids who frequent the baseball field for some of our games. I’ve repeatedly thought to myself about how well behaved and happy their kids are and what a great job Jeff and his wife must be doing of raising them… something I hope to achieve one day (I’m at that point in my life).

I am in shock and horror for Jeff’s loss. I can’t begin to imagine the pain he and his family are experiencing right now. I will call and pay my condolences, say prayers, and over up anything I can — but at the end of day I wish I could do more. I hate that it takes a tragic event like this to stop me in my tracks and focus on what is important in life. Next time I leave a painful meeting at work or get stuck in traffic I hope I can remember Jeff. I guess the lesson of the day is: Don’t take for granted the blessings you have in your life. Be thankful every day ALWAYS.

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