**UPDATE**The precious 2 year old granddaughter who was in the hospital, has died...There will be a triple funeral tomorrow (May 12th)
Yesterday was just one of those days. We've all had them...you know, the ones where it seems that everything that could wrong does, indeed, goes wrong. That was yesterday.
I got up at 3:00 AM in order to catch a flight to go to work in Minneapolis. My husband usually gets up and drives me 45 min down the canyon in the serenity of the wee hours...but yesterday, he asked me to drive myself because he had been up all night sicker than sick...
I was exhausted before I even left home due to a very restless night myself. I then had to fly (for work) until 9:00 PM on virtually no sleep. So I was bugged, tired, cranky and basically just really irritated with life. I even spoke to my husband on the phone and made the comment, "I just wish today would end..."
When I finally got to my hotel and settled in for the night,I pulled out my iPad and got on Facebook to catch up on the happenings of the day. As I was scrolling down, I noticed a few postings from some people in my town who were expressing their condolences to a family in our community (2 adults and 2 of their grandchildren) who had been involved in a terrible car accident. They were driving up the canyon and apparently crossed over into the other lane colliding head on with another car carrying 2 adults and 1 child.
Three people lost their lives yesterday. Their day was over. The driver of the car that crossed into the wrong lane and her husband were killed and the lady in the other car was pregnant and lost her unborn child.
When I heard this terrible news, I immediately called my husband who knew both of them very well as they all grew up in our small community. He was heart broken, as was I even though I had only met them a couple of times. They left behind 8 children, and their 2 grandchildren who were riding in the car with them, are both in the hospital and are hurt badly. So tragic.
It made me really stop and take a look at MY "crappy" day.
I was wishing that my day was over and for three precious souls, they will never know another day on this earth! I felt selfish and ungrateful. I thought about how each day truly IS a gift and it is up to us to make the most of it. So there I sat. In my lonely hotel room hundreds of miles away from the most important people in my world. I don't think I have ever felt so alone and so...stranded...I longed to hug each of my children and grandchildren. I ached for the loving arms of my sweet husband and I just needed to thank my mother, once again, for all she has done for me throughout my life.
I write this post with a humble heart. I pray that whoever reads it will take a moment to express their love to their family and friends and I pray that we may all learn to cherish each moment of our precious days and never, ever take them for granted. In an instant, we can be gone. I feel horrible that I wasted even a minute yesterday, feeling sorry for myself and wishing that time would pass quicker.
You can never say, "I Love You" enough...you can never hug someone long enough and kind acts and deeds can never become old. I, for one, am blessed beyond comprehension. I certainly don't feel worthy of the blessings that I take for granted every day and I have new resolve to remind myself daily of the bounteous, merciful gifts showered upon me by a loving Heavenly Father who, despite all of my faults, loves me enough to give me "one more day" to be with those I love, cherish and adore.
Life is precious, life is a gift and life is fragile...