I have been reflecting on a couple of the main stories that have been in the news lately and started to think about how things can change in an instant. There was the policeman who was out on patrol and conducted a routine traffic stop. As he approached the car, the passenger in the car shot him to death. Then there is the teenage who was standing in his front yard and was hit and killed by a bullet meant for a gang member. But, it is not just the deaths of these two people to consider.
We should always take care to treat others with dignity and respect and to let them know how much they are loved and how much they mean to us. Barbara Jacoby
So many lives from just these two incidents have been forever changed. In an instance, it doesn’t matter what any of those who lost their lives were planning to do today, tomorrow or any time in the future. It matters not what their hopes and dreams and goals were.
The families of these people and their friends and associates are forever changed and all anyone can do is to think about what might have been if they were still among the living. For everyone left behind, they have lost a part of their hearts that can never be replaced. So many lives are forever changed.
This thinking has been a very jolting reminder about what really matters in this life. I can’t help but wonder whether those who will not be returning to their homes were told how much they were loved before they embarked on their journeys. I can’t help but think about the ones left behind who never had the chance to say goodbye.
I contemplate the possibility that unkind words or arguments marred the last time that they were together. And how many will live the rest of their lives with the pain of knowing that they were never really willing to share with their loved ones the true way that they felt about them.
I guess the most important thing always takes us back to the same place and that is to live each day as if it were our last. We should always take care to treat others with dignity and respect and to let them know how much they are loved and how much they mean to us. We need to share our time and space in the best way that we know how.
This is the only way that, if something happens to that person before we meet again, we will have no regrets for not having shared the time that we had together in the very best way that we could. And if, by chance, such a catastrophe ever happens in our lives and we have not treated the other person in the best way that we could, I hope that we learn the lesson to never allow that to happen again. After all, our voyage here always provides us with many opportunities to do something over and over until we get it right.
Barbara Jacoby is an award winning blogger that has contributed her writings to multiple online publications that have touched readers worldwide.