Life Is Precious: Don't Take Anything For Granted
Three years ago, one of my best friends almost died. He was having a relatively routine heart procedure called an ablation. However, he coded while it was happening and nurses and doctors worked on him for over an hour to bring him back. One nurse in particular did CPR on him for 45 minutes. I'm not a nurse nor in the medical profession, but I do have friends who are. And they say that working on someone for that long is practically unheard of.
The man who saved my friend's life name was Greg. I never met him, but from his pictures, he appeared to be in this late 30s or early 40s. The reason I'm telling you about Greg is because he just died unexpectedly the other day. I don't know why, but he did. And my friend is devastated. The man who worked so diligently to save his life just lost his for some unknown reason.
Here's another tragedy -- one that hits much closer to home for me. In 2004, my 20-year-old cousin was hanging out with some of his friends at a gas station. He had been in trouble with the law for some things in the past, so the local police apparently knew who he was. However, at this particular time, he wasn't doing anything wrong. And while I don't know all the details of the story, I think the owner of the gas station called the police because he thought the kids were stealing from him. They weren't (which was proven), but the police came anyway and were pretty brutal to my cousin.
One of the officers threw what he thought was a spit bag over my cousin's head and put him in the back seat of the squad car. By the time they got to the police station, he was dead. There was even an audio recording of my cousin screaming and banging on the back of the seat in the car shouting that he couldn't breathe. But nothing was done. They didn't pull over to try to help him; they simply let him die. And as most of us know, this isn't the only case of police negligence or wrongdoing.
Another person I know has a terrible disease called gastroparesis. It paralyzed her digestive system, and she has to be tube fed for the rest of her life. As if that wasn't bad enough, she is struggling on a daily basis just to stay alive. In about three years, she had had sepsis at least twice (an infection of the blood which is often fatal) and been in a coma clinging to life. She's also had many amputations. It started with her toes that got infected and had to be cut off. Then it moved to one of her legs, and they amputated it below the knee. Six months later, it happened to the other leg. Now it's happening to one of her knees. It's almost as if God is taking her piece by piece. It seems like she is in the hospital more than she's out, and although she fights every day to stay alive, her quality is life is terrible and she's frequently in a lot of physical pain.
I tell you these stories to remind you of just how precious life is. I know it sounds cliché. And as we know, we could all get hit by a bus at any time and our time would be up.
But do you live your daily life remembering this? Do you constantly remind yourself how lucky you are to be healthy, alive, and to have your loved ones here with you too? Many people don't. In fact, I'd be willing to bet that most people don't.
It's so easy to take life for granted. I know, because I have to constantly remind myself of this when life gets stressful. For example, I have two teenage boys. And while I love them with all my heart and soul and would literally give my life for them, sometimes I want to strangle them. They make me crazy. Sometimes I have very little patience with them!
So to overcome my urge to become the next child abuser (just kidding), I constantly remind myself how lucky I am that they are healthy and alive. I know way too many people who have had to bury their child and/or have a child dealing with a terminal illness. Trust me, I think God every day that my boys are healthy and here to annoy me. As frustrating as it is, I wouldn't have it any other way.
I challenge each and every one of you to re-frame your life's annoyances and constantly focus on how precious all of our lives are. Because as we know, things can change in a blink of an eye.
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