In the Greatest Salesman we learn to “live each day as if it is our last”. We further read “Today I shall fondle my children while they are young; tomorrow they will be gone, and so will I. Today I shall embrace my woman with sweet kisses; tomorrow she will be gone, and so will I”.
I have been reading these words, and inherently knew their value. But the meaning was really driven home when my wife recently called to tell me that she had been in a car accident.
She had just picked up our granddaughter from her first grade class, and was driving to pick up our grandson from preschool. A tourist on a motorcycle realized he was on the wrong road and decided to make a quick, illegal U-turn over a double yellow line on a busy road. The car in front of my wife quickly slammed on his brakes to avoid hitting the motorcycle. My wife did not see the illegal action taken by the motorcyclist and rear ended the car in front of her, hard enough to total our car.
My wife was quite upset, thinking I would be angry about the damage to the car. Of course instead of being angry, I was happy to know she was okay, banged up but alright; and the granddaughter was safe and sound. Our trusty old car had done an admirable job of keeping them safe. It will be missed, but can be replaced, after all, it is just an object.
Today I grateful my family is safe. And I will embrace both of them with kisses and shower them with love.
Peace and Aloha, Steve