My mother called me yesterday afternoon in tears because one of her former neighbors and friend had been hurt in a bad traffic accident in Dallas. Unfortunately, the sister of my mother’s friend was also riding in the car and was killed in that accident. While I don’t know much about what really happened, I do know a 18-wheeler truck was also involved in this deadly crash. I just visited the Dallas Morning News web site looking for additional information about this wreck, but I was unsuccessful at finding anything in their online addition of the newspaper. However, much to my surprise, their front page story today was about how dangerous the roads are getting here in Texas because the number of 18 wheeler trucks are increasing at a fast pace and some of the new truck drivers are not really that well qualified to handle these big rigs in a crisis situation.
I did not personally know the lady who died in this accident, but I do know my mom’s friend who was injured. She is a wonderful lady and was so helpful when my father was dying of cancer five years ago. After my dad’s death, mom moved away from her small town home in Canton, TX to live closer to my sister in College Station. While she now lives over one hundred miles away from her old Canton home, she still stays in touch with her old friends and yesterday’s terrible accident was such a shock to her because it was so unexpected. After talking with mother on the telephone yesterday, I really got to thinking about how short life really is and how none of us know when it will be our turn to leave this world and move on to the next.
Most people I know today spend countless hours each week trying to eat right and get exercise in order to extend and/or improve their quality of life. However, no amount nutrition or exercise can protect we fragile human beings if we somehow become involved in a traffic accident with a 18-wheeler truck on a busy Interstate highway. This is why I believe it is so important for all of us to count our many blessing each and every day and to be ever mindful that tomorrow may never come for any of us. When I was young, I was the same as kids are today. I never thought about being killed in a traffic accident, even though I knew some folks were killed each day.
As I have gotten older, I now look at life in a much different way. Today, I am thankful for only this one day and I try and get as much life out of what this day has to offer as I possibly can. My personal nature has always been to plan ahead for the future, but in reality none of us know how much or how little future we will actually be allowed to live. The bible talks about living our lives, “one day at a time” and this is really good advice because none of us have any guarantees for tomorrow or even if we will be around to experience another morning sunrise.
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Life So Short