Friday, October 26, 2012


What is a day? A pile of fleeting moments that just pass us by. How many of you stopped today and thought, “I am thankful for life” … or “I’m thankful for my family” … 
Days like today make me question so many different things. Like … why are some people taken, but yet here I am, alive and well?
Lezly Hodge. My friend … 22 years old, with the most beautiful blue eyes you've ever seen … took her last breath this morning. It’s hard to even accept – because a few months ago she was doing just fine. Fighting CF everyday like we all do, but always coming out on the winning side. And now? That last conversation we had, was the last. The last “hey girl, talk to you later” was the last.

Now, in our normal everyday conversation with friends and family, we casually end conversations assuming there will be many more. Assuming we have forever. But just think – if you knew that the last time you said “hi” or “goodbye” to your loved one, would be the last time, would you do it differently? Would you hug them tighter? Kiss their forehead? Would you choose to just agree to disagree on whatever topic you couldn't find mutual ground on? Would you forgive what they did to hurt you, even though it went against every grain in your being? Lezly said it well “Changing your actions are more important than you think” …
So. What actions in your life need … “changing”? Which people in your life do you have unsettled issues with? Go. Find them. Do the right thing.

People constantly say, “Life is to short”. Yes. It is. But what are you doing about it? Just quoting that like everyone else?

How are you to know what will come of tomorrow? Sure it could be just like any other day – a sunrise, your busy schedule, and the normalcy of life. Or it could be the day that changes everything. The day that something happens that you would never think would happen to you. Sure, someone else, but not … you.
Wake up. Shake your head once or twice and realize – there are no guarantees. So, forgive, learn, love and be grateful for everything. Even problems … be grateful for them. They are lessons & opportunities disguised in work clothes.

Today started out like any other day, but ended so differently. The CF community not only lost Lezly, but also Deb & Michelle. 3 girls that had their whole lives ahead of them.

Their chance is done.

You still have yours. You still breathe 18,000 times everyday. How often do you thank your Creator for that ability? Does it even cross your mind? 

Just stop and think about it for a moment. Take a break from your day. Find a quiet spot, sit down, close your eyes, and just think. As your day goes on, frame every so-called disaster with these words "In 5 years will this matter?". If it won't, then don't make a big deal out of it. 
Regina Brett said it well - "Burn the candles, use the nice sheets. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special". 

James 4:14  "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." 

Be grateful.
Pay attention.



Kate said...

"Appreciate life as it happens. Moments will soon pass and you will wish you had treasured them more."

RIP Lezly.

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