All it takes is a momentary lapse or misstep to change your whole world. I was reminded of this yesterday when my thirteen year old son decided to test his limits of invincibility when he dove head first into a pool that clearly says “No Diving”! After anxious moments in the ER, three staples in the head, and orders to maintain a 24 hour watch over him, we made it back home mostly in one piece and haunted by the thought of how short life really is.
After the shock wore off, the flood of emotions overwhelmed me. It brought back for me the pain of losing their father three months shy of his 33rd birthday and my best friend losing her oldest son to a tragic accident of invincibility. Both lives lost far too soon for different reasons, but nonetheless, far too soon. How many of us take this gift of life for granted? How many of us waste precious moments, days, months, even years to fear and anxiety? How many of us are blocking love because we can’t let ourselves be vulnerable? I know I have wasted more time than I care to admit to fear, anxiety, and depression. I have had to make the conscious choice to choose life and be present. I have had to choose how I want to be in this world and make sure that I live with integrity. I choose each day to be vulnerable and love and be loved.
What about you? Where are you missing out on this gift you’ve been given? When are you going to choose love? When are you going to be brave? When are you going to stop taking the little things for granted and see there is a precious person in front of you that you need to connect with? Whether it be your partner, your children, your friends, coworkers, or people that you pass by- each life matters and needs you to connect!
Life is a gift. Be thankful for all of the moments you’ve been given. Be courageous to work beyond the fear and anxiety to have the life you want. Show those around you how much they mean. Live in the legacy of love you wish to leave behind. C’mon and connect!
P.S. Thank you, God, for letting me keep him for another moment. I know he’s only mine until you call him home, but I am thankful for your mercy and grace to let me have another day with him.