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The rubber tree plant in the driveway was the give-away
When we first moved to Spokane back in 1992, I went to work for a software development company and we settled in for what we thought would be a long time. But back then, when I was, believe it or not, a lot more arrogant and impatient than I am now, I didn’t stay very long at a job. I was good at what I did, but lacked compassion, communication skills, and patience. I’d work for a job for a couple of years, then start to get bored, and the boredom showed through in my attitude.
In July of 1995 I got fired. Not laid off, not let go. Fired. And when I asked about severance or two weeks’ notice, they kind of shook their heads like they didn’t understand what I was saying.
So here I was, coming home in the middle of the day with my one box of personal stuff and a rubber tree plant which I had in my office, and we’d gotten paid the week before and of course, already spent the money on rent and groceries and whatever else, and I was sick (emotionally) – what do I do now?
I don’t want to be overly morbid, but with Memorial Day here, and many of us visiting the cemetery and praying for loved ones who have died, I thought it wouldn’t be too far from center to ask everyone, me included, “Who promised you tomorrow?”
Count to 3. Seriously – 1, 2, 3… In that time, across the world, five people have died. And I’m not making that number up. The number of people that died in 2016 is approximately 58 million, and if you do the math, that means almost two people die every second of every day.
By the time you’ve read this far, another 30 people have died.
Yet, here we are. Taking so much for granted, believing that someday we’ll get to everything on our list, and later make time for the important things. And instead, we spend our time on the urgent things. Work, and work, and the children, and more work. It’s our duty of state, after all, and once we get everything nicely in place, then, yes then we’ll make time for the important things.
I watched a short documentary a few years ago called ‘BoatLift’ about the people who rushed to lower Manhattan on 9/11 and helped with the evacuation of 500,000 people. Near the end, one of the boat owners said this:
“I have one theory in life I never want to say the words ‘I should have’”.