This weekend I went to the funeral of a man who died with no one by his side, without anyone knowing he was dead for several days, if not a week or two. A friend of mine has lost two uncles back to back. Back in January, one of my fellow young adult choir members at church was murdered by her husband in a domestic violence incident, and I’d just seen a few weeks before. I’ve noticed via social media and even watching the news, that people are dying left to right, young, old, and in between. These observations of death, may they all rest peacefully, remind me that tomorrow is not a guarantee.
We often take life for granted, not intentionally, but just as flawed human beings. We don’t take moments take in God’s natural beauty around us. We don’t call or text our loved ones to check on them. We don’t take risk with our hearts and follow our passions. We don’t make time to enjoy life because we are so busy grinding and hustling. We don’t let people know how we truly feel. We don’t strive to be a light in a dark world. The list could go on and on.
I’ve always strived to appreciate each day, but after my domestic violence incident 1.5 years ago, my perspective shifted in a way that I never expected. I’m sure my load ones get tired of my mushy calls and texts; I’m always looking for a reason to smile; I am chasing my dreams like never before; I’m taking time to smell the roses, literally and figuratively; and I’m simply striving to live a life of no regrets. Living in the reality that tomorrow is not promised, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have goal and plans, but it certainly means that we should not take life for granted, nor the legacy we want to leave behind. Today is as good a day as any to take life by the horns and ride each day like you might fall of the bull! (pardon my country reference; I am from Texas, after all, lol)
What do you do to embrace each day that you are blessed to live?