Sandy701's Journal, 04 June 2013

It's a melancholy day today. I got up to find police cars at my neighbor's house....apparently the ambulance had already left. My health-compromised neighbor died this morning.

There are so many thoughts that go through one's head at times like these. Although I didn't know the family well, I've journaled about some of the encounters I had with them. But I think what's at the core of all my thoughts today are how similar they are with what my own parents went through several years back. Of course, I've gone over all that history in my head while walking today. I'm also thinking about the temporary nature of life. For my neighbor, one moment he was alive, the next, not so. And it's that way for everyone. In a heartbeat, quite literally, his wife's future also changed to a path I'm sure she'd rather not walk.

And yet, while life in that house seems to have stopped, suspended, if you will, the rest of the world goes on, oblivious to the magnitude of that event. I watched as a young mother rode by with her toddler son in a back seat on the bike. She glanced over at the parked hearse in the driveway. I wondered if she gave it any thought. Did she say a brief prayer? Did she marvel at the wonder of life in her son? Did she wonder about her own mortality and how it might impact her family? Who knows.

As I walked around the neighborhood, I saw teens, now out of school, mowing lawn. FedEx was driving around making their guaranteed-AM deliveries. Cars, vans, and trucks rolled on by, all on their way to their usual activities. A few people, like me, were out walking; most of us oblivious to the progression of life as it marches on through our own little worlds.

What has this to do with a WOE site?

So many times, even now, I put off making the right choices I know I need to make....I'll do it extra day won't hurt....I'll get to it eventually. I do that with other areas of my life, as well. My neighbor's death is another reminder that today....this very moment.....counts. We are not guaranteed another. Make the right choices now.

Diet Calendar Entry for 04 June 2013:
1913 kcal Activities & Exercise: Swimming (slow) - 5 minutes, Walking (exercise) - 3.5/mph - 53 minutes, Resting - 15 hours and 2 minutes, Sleeping - 8 hours. more...
on diet Atkins  


Your post just brought tears to my eyes! You know...I'm going to print this and keep it at my desk - those are powerful words, my friend, and when it all comes down to it - THAT'S the reason we all need to try harder to reach our goals. That is the ultimate goal - none of the rest of it matters if we aren't here to enjoy it!! 
04 Jun 13 by member: tsmamma
Awww bless your heart..I have seen more deaths since I married my DH.. There have been many..and yes you wonder sometimes..what is it going to be like when we get their age...I'm getting closer every minute..but your right we need to enjoy every moment we can right now as tomorrow never gets here and yesterday is already gone..I try sooo hard not to stress over the small things....Hugs sweety.. 
04 Jun 13 by member: BHA
Your heart is indeed heavy. It always gives us pause for thought when someone passes. Life is indeed 'short' and we aren't given any notice of our departure, well not often. So grab life by the short and curlies and enjoy the day. Its the best we can do. 
05 Jun 13 by member: sarahsmum
So sorry for your loss, Sandy.b a terrible thing indeed. Wonderful journal. Definitely thought provoking. My thoughts are with you. 
08 Jun 13 by member: Helewis


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