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 die each year 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’”.