The 300-kiloton reminder that life is precious.

A lot of people in Russia woke up this morning, ready to start their day.  I bet none of them thought they would be injured by a meteor.  So often we focus on the dangers of Earth–wars, famine, disease, crime…but we forget that there is something much larger out there–beyond our comprehension.  At the end of the day, we are at the mercy of so many things.  If it doesn’t make you wonder, then nothing ever will.

After I read about the meteor strike, I began to think about all the stupid things that bother me.  The list grew and grew.  I still came back to one thing.  Today, a meteor hit the Earth’s surface.  In an unrelated incident, a huge asteroid came close to hitting our planet.  My point is, we have no control at all over anything when it comes down to it.  We are simple specks in what otherwise is a huge universe that has control of everything.

So….relax.  Today was a great reminder that no matter how bad things are–it’s a waste of time to be angry, upset and disappointed.  You have this short time to enjoy life and make something memorable.  Take some time today to think about that.  If a 300-kiloton meteor isn’t enough to wake you up a little….

Love one another and be well! 

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It’s What Big Sisters Do.

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Your little brother was too scared to walk the wall by himself yesterday.

You grabbed his hand and away you both went.

At the moment of this picture, he was giggling loudly.

You yelled, “This is what big sisters do.”

It was as if God took the picture, at this precise moment, for me.

I don’t know where either of you will be 20 years from now.

Or if I will be around.

I hope you both look at this picture every day for the rest of your lives.

And never forget.  Because I never will.  Ever.

There are moments–even when you vomit.

I received my father’s day gift a week early and I have to say, it was the best one I will ever get.  My kids should just stop there and never buy me another thing.  Two year old Brantley grabbing at my card and six-year old Kathryn reading it out loud to me.  There are moments in life you never forget.  When your child reads your card to you for the first time, it makes you swell with pride.  The moment is lost on my kids…at least for now.  They might be parents someday and when that moment happens for them, they will know why I had tears in my eyes.

Every day is Father’s Day for me.  I don’t need a special day on the calendar.  Each moment I have with my children is one I embrace.  As you get older, special moments become important.  More important than what kind of car I drive, or what kind of job I have.  Sometimes you just have to chalk those things up to circumstance and just let the world take you where it wants.  Moments though, can happen at any time.

It doesn’t matter if you are fat or skinny, rich or poor–the mental camera inside your mind captures special moments and plays it back for years to come.  In future years, when I open packages with ties and ceramic ash trays, I will always remember Father’s Day 2012.  I am convinced that one of the true meanings of life is to be able to catch these moments when they happen and realize how lucky you are.

I suppose the lesson in this post is to just allow life to unfold and enjoy what is important.  My children are loved so much, it hurts.  That is the best gift I can ever give them.  In return, I get to watch them grow and make moments for me to remember for the rest of my days.  Don’t wait for the calendar to tell you it’s a special day.  There are moments out there for you to enjoy every day of the year.

Shortly after the precious moment, my son got sick and hurled projectile vomit all over me and the carpet.  I’m not going to lie–that sucked.  With a look of fear in his eyes, he immediately cried “dada” and hugged me as tight as he possibly could.  Even projectile vomit doesn’t suck for very long.  

There are moments everywhere.