We know this all too well. We know just how short and fragile each and every one of our lives is and can be. When the phone rang to notify us that my brother was killed in Afghanistan, our dinner table had just been set, the kids were watching a movie while I made dinner and we stopped EVERYTHING to go be with family. The food all remained on the plates and in the potts. You know why? Because NOTHING is more important than family, friends and even complete strangers. Nothing can compare to human life and interaction. Things are nothing compared to love and memories and relationships. And when I received the phone call, after having just drivin 3 hours to go coach a swim meet, notifying me that my 2.5 year old son was just diagnosed with cancer.. I STOPPED. I stopped everything to be with him because even a job is not as important as my son. My husband and I decided that no matter what, one of us would always be with him throughout his battle. We had no idea where his battle would take us even though we had lots of hope and faith. His little life is what we lived for and all we wanted was to create many more wonderful memories with him.
My brother and I had plans. He was going to come back to the U.S after fighting in the war and we were supposed to all go out to Colorado for vacation that following summer. He was going to come back and we were going to have BBQ's, hang out at the beach, go camping and our kids would get to spend some time with their uncle. Instead, we have past memories to cling to, a niece who was born 9 days after he died and hope for seeing him once again. Time is short. Do not waste it.
I know it's hard to conquer all the plans we would like to accomplish. Especially the plans that take time saving money or having to work towards, but at least start small and head in the right direction. In the end, it's the memories, experiences and relationships that matter most and not the things. Our past trips are not spent thinking of what we bought but rather what we did. Who fell where, who laughed so hard, what we saw, what the kids said, etc. Our family seeks out the experiences because when it's all and said and done, that is what the kids will always remember.
Do not waste anymore time. If you don't like your job, change it. If you want to do more with your children, do it. If you want to travel, start going places. We are not promised another day on this earth and no one is excempt from that. One day that time will come and while some may have a notice, many others will not. Get out there and live the life God gave you... you never know, it could expire soon.
"I tell you not to worry about everyday life - whether you have enough."