As I sit at the local library (one of my favorite places), I look across at the street at a church. There is a long hearse parked in front and multiple people standing out front. I feel their pain and grief, even from a distance. It’s a sad day for all of them but what is even more sad to me is wondering how many of those people visited him while he was alive.
Don’t wait until they are gone to tell them how much they mean to you. How many times have you heard that in your life? But how many of us apply. How many friends or family members do you see often? Daily, monthly, yearly? Why is it that we have time to post our lives on Facebook and Instagram but no time for lunch with your Mom or a soda with a friend?
I’m guilty for doing the same thing. Once I lost my Dad, I realized I had a very short amount of time left with my Grandmother. Over the next two years, I spent as much time as I could with her. Doctor’s visits, movies on the couch curled up next to her, endless selfies that she would always protest and I don’t regret one moment of it…but it took losing my Daddy to make me realize how important she was to me.
Now more than ever, people seem to need people. A beautiful 16-year-old just took her own life in the town next to me. A close friend of mine is suffering from horrible anxiety and trying to make some major life decisions at the same time. People need people, it’s as simple as that. I’m not saying stop everything you are doing to check on others but kindness doesn’t cost anything. Be kind to everyone even if they aren’t kind to you. Check on your friends, check on your family, make them aware that you are praying daily for them or that they are in your thoughts.
I will forever be the kind-hearted person that I am…the one that cries after visiting the animal shelter or homeless shelter. I feel people’s grief and sadness, sometimes if it was my own. I encourage all of you to instead of being angry and disrespectful, seek out compassion and understanding.
Tomorrow will never be a promise any of us can make, treasure today, treasure your family and friends, treasure each moment, good or bad. Treasure what you have regardless if you feel it’s not Facebook worthy. Stop comparing your life to someone’s social media account. Be in love with your life.
May God continue to bless each and every one of you as he sees fit.