This week our neighbours had a mother with two young children visiting them for a few days. The father of the family had just died in a car crash. A friend of a relative, man in his 40's, very healthy, in very good shape (quite well known athlete) had a heart attack just last week. He returned from skiing (cross country), said bye to his wife who left. She returned in a few moments to pick up something forgotten and found him lying on a floor. He has recovered -to a state of about a 10-year-old. Today I was driving and saw a man lying on the road next to his car, two people giving him CPR and an ambulance coming to rescue him.
Something can happen any time. We cannot live in a fear of something happening. But at times I really wish I'd realize how it all really can end any moment. It should affect how I treat people, especially my family. If these were the last words my kids hear from me, how would I feel? How would they feel? If I'd die today, would my children and spouse really know how much I love them and how important they are to me? If one in my family would die, would I be full of regrets or could I mourn peacefully?
Sometimes you just need to stop and think. What really matters? What really is important in this life?