"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,
to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."
~ Henry David Thoreau ~
As I sat in a small group counseling session last night, I was reminded, once again, of how fragile life is -- how quickly any one of us can be gone. So, today I am giving a lot of thought to the briefness of my time here and how important it is for me to make the best of what I have, rather than focus on what I don't have.
This has been brought to my attention several times recently, and I wonder if there isn't some reason I need to take the time to reflect on it......
Last April, I learned of the sudden death of a woman I had briefly known. She was a mother of two children (11 & 14). For a short period of time, she was my hairdresser. From what I have learned, she was awakened one morning by a heart attack. Her husband was already gone for work. Her children did what they could (I can only imagine their terror). She did not survive. She was 47 years old -- alive one day, gone the next with no warning. Now every time I drive by her house I am reminded.