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Cherish Your Loved Ones – A Gentle Reminder

I am deeply saddened by the senseless killings in Aurora, Colorado. So many thoughts pervade my mind…

How could someone take a life?
What must the families of the victims be going through right now?
How is everyone coping with the pain?
How could something so bad happen to good people?

I am also saddened by the recent news of a close friend who is battling with cancer back in my hometown of New York. Her family has been so special to me over the years and it is difficult to see such precious people go through such sad times.

I will never have all the answers so I stop trying to ask. We will never understand why things happen. All we can do is channel that energy toward a higher purpose.

When we face these types of situations, we are reminded about the people we love; the family we spend our lives with; the friends we cherish; and even the people we call “enemies.”

Here are some of my thoughts, and I share them with my readership only because I am making a personal commitment to reflect on them as well.

When was the last time you told your spouse you loved him/her?

When was the last time you held your child and told him/her how special he/she is?
When was the last time you gathered as a family at the table to eat dinner?
When was the last time you gave a total stranger a compliment?
When was the last time you smiled at someone just because?
When was the last time you called a friend or family member instead of texting them?
When was the last time you hugged a family member even if you didn’t agree?
When was the last time you let an argument go and just agreed to disagree?
When was the last time you offered a hand to help someone less fortunate than yourself?

Life is too short to let these precious moments pass us by. Though helpful, technology has disrupted our sense of relationship in so many ways and modern living has caused us more stress than we could have imagined.

As we are scurrying about our day and checking off the list of tasks we must accomplish, let us take a few minutes and remember why we are truly here. Relationships are the backbone of our existence and the most important gift we have. Sometimes we don’t realize how special they are until they are taken away.

May you experience your loved ones in a new way.

Praying for the victims. You will never be forgotten. Your lives will serve a higher purpose as people realize how truly fleeting life is.

1 Comment
  1. Couldn’t have said it any better…true!

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