"You don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can only decide how your going to live. Now." ~Joan Baez~
I come to you with the question, why. Why do bad things happen to the people we love? Why do people have to deal with the death of a loved one? Why?
I guess I should back up a little bit. My sister-in-law texted me last night and said that her mother had fallen down her basement steps and they didn't think she was going to make it. At first, I looked at the text in disbelief. This can't be right, people don't die from falling down their steps. Do they? My sister-in-law's mother did pass away today at 1:00 p.m. She fell down her basement stairs and died. She was 58 years old. She leaves behind a husband, two daughters, parents, and two grandchildren. Her grandchildren are 3 years old and 5 months old. They are my nephew and niece. My heart breaks for my sister-in-law. I feel at a loss. I don't know what to think or to say. I truly believe that God has a master plan for all of us. He knows what is best, and we should never doubt His wisdom. When something like this happens all you can ask yourself is why.
I have been thinking, "How can I turn this into a positive?" I don't know that I can. I do know this; we are only given this one life on Earth. None of us knows what our future holds or when we will leave this world. All we can do is live. How much wasted time have we spent worry about things that are not important, disagreeing with the people we love, or refusing to see some one's point of view? How many opportunities have we wasted making excuses. "I can never do that; I am not good enough." "I can't follow my dream. I am too scared." We have all done and said things like this for most of our lives. We put things off over and over again, and say, "I will think about that tomorrow." It seems like we forget that one day, there will be no tomorrow.
This is how I think we can turn this tragedy into a positive. As soon as you finish reading this post, tell someone you love them. When you wake up tomorrow the first thing I want you to say is, "Thank you for giving me another day to live my life." We all should live each day like it is our last. If you have been dreaming of doing something, do it. Forget the excuses and try your hardest to achieve your dream. Do not take people for grated. Recognize them for the gift they are, and tell them how much you appreciate them. Try to forget petty disagreements and agree to love each other in sprite of our differences. Make it your goal that when your final day comes, you have no regrets,and you can say to yourself, "I had a wonderful life." "I lived everyday to its fullest." I apologize that this post may not have been as uplifting as others, but I felt like I needed to say these things. I hope in some way it helped someone. Please remember my sister-in-law and her entire family in the days and weeks ahead.
Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate all you kind comments and e-mails. I hope you have a relaxing evening and you are spending it with the people you love.
This post is dedicated in memory of my sister-in-law's mother. May her death inspire all of us to live.