Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Gone Too Soon

Gone Too Soon is a song title, but it's ringing in my ears too often these days. When the song was written by Daughtry, it was written about the loss of a baby through miscarriage, and perhaps the death of a baby at birth.

Could it be that this song in some ways could express how we feel about family membes or friends that are leaving us way too soon?

I think so. In fact, I know so. It is striking me odd that more and more folks my age are dying, and many of them by choice. Sad. The cold, hard truth is that it's happening, and it's painful, but it's real. Why?

Why is this happening now?

As the quote says to the right, there is enough suffering already, but there are some brave people overcoming it. They aren't doing it alone. Isn't that what we should be sharing with others? What about telling someone that we love them? What about complimenting one person each day?

Everything we do and say could make a difference. Remember the movie, "What Women Want"?

Think About Those That Are Gone Too Soon

If you have never been to the website for, check it out when you get a chance. It's a place where you can leave a memorial for someone that has passed, family or friend. 

Although we cannot change people or the decisions that they make, we can begin by encouraging them. If you ever saw the movie, "What Women Want", you may recall a young woman that was quite troubled, and was always feeling undervalued, insignificant, feeling as though she had no place in this life. 

Because Mel Gibson's character tapped into what women think and feel, he could begin to hear what these women were saying, experience their thoughts and feelings. It was just in time, as this young woman had finally reached the end of her rope in her mind, and was about to end it all. 

What if you could say one thing to change that outcome? What if you complimented a person each day and helped them get over that hump? What if you could help them smile instead of think about how awful they look? It's often the lack of encouragement to others that actually triggers people to cave in, and just give up quietly.

Life isn't about us, it NEVER is. It's about:
  1. Serving others 
  2. Loving others 
  3. Helping others 

ALWAYS. There isn't a day that goes by now that I don't think about what I could have done better, or said, or perhaps when I didn't act on my promptings but I should have. Instead of thinking, gee could I have made a difference, why didn't I just go and do intead of keep thinking about it? 

We are to be doers, and NOT hearers only. 

It's time for us to STOP being so complacent, and START focusing on how we can make a difference. 

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