In the Blink of an Eye …

I almost seriously hurt someone yesterday.  Driving back to my home office after a lunch meeting, a teenage boy ran across the street against the light.  He didn’t see me coming.  I slammed on the brakes.  Loose items went flying.  The screech of  brakes alerted him to danger and he reeled back.  Through the open window, I saw the stunned look on his face, heard his quick, deep gasp for air and a quiet “oh sh**”.

If either one of us had been a second slower, all the things that I absolutely had to get done by the end of the day would have been completely irrelevant.  If either one of us had been one second slower, the things that had him running across the street would have been of absolutely no consequence.

And as I continued my drive, shaken and thankful, I also realized that if either one of us had been one second slower, fault would have been of no consequence.  Lives would have been irrevocably changed.

We plan and that’s a good thing.  I’m not going to change that.  But, after yesterday, I am going to remember to hug the ones I love a little tighter, to forgive a little faster, to be very careful about placing blame and to put my “to-do” list in perspective.  Life can change in the blink of an eye.

4 thoughts on “In the Blink of an Eye …

  1. Wow. A short but powerful post, Laurie. What wonderful words for daily consumption, “I am going to remember to hug the ones I love a little tighter, to forgive a little faster, to be very careful about placing blame and to put my “to-do” list in perspective. Life can change in the blink of an eye.” Thank you. -Paul

    • Thanks Paul. In the blink of an eye has become a phrase I use regularly. In what now seems like a mere blink of an eye my daughter went from needing me for everything to making all the arrangements necessary to obtain a work visa, research and confirm travel arrangements to head to a whole new country on the other side of the world. It is so easy to assume what we have now will be with us forever or at least a very long time. Perhaps it takes a certain amount of experience, loss and maturity to recognize how important it is to treasure every moment as it comes our way.

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