I had planned on writing a different post this evening.
But then I received some news.
The kind of news that makes your stomach drop.
Your brain stutter.
Your chest tighten.
Your throat clench.
And makes your eyes swell with tears.
The kind of news that makes it hard to breath yet also drives home the importance of each breath.
Because we never know how many we have.
Those moments are such a harsh reminder of the fragility of life and the swiftness at which it can change.
They remind us that no matter how much we plan, we cannot control.
It’s a wake-up call to be present in the moment. Because that’s all we’re guaranteed.
And it reveals how important our relationships are and that we are all more connected than we realize.
Tonight, I’m letting go of the stressors of the day.
I’m setting aside the to-do list for the evening.
And instead I’m going to snuggle with my family.
While the tears fall as they may.
And remember what really matters.
Hug your kids tonight. Tell your family you love them. Reach out to your friends just to let them know you’re thinking about them. Pet the furry ones.
And take a few moments and just be grateful.
You’re here right now.