Today, I’ll share an important life lesson that another forum friend (also that I have never met in real life) taught me. It’s a little difficult to write.
It’s something I’ve wanted to write for a few days now but just couldn’t seem to find the words.
One of the forums I frequent has become like a second home to me. There’s a group of 10 – 20 of us who have been regulars for years.
We all share a common interest, Android phones, but that interest has extended beyond the phones. We’ve become interested in each other. We’ve become friends!
With that back story, I’m sure you can appreciate the punch to the gut I received when I logged on earlier this week to learn of the death of one of my forum friends.
One day we’re discussing phones, troubleshooting problems, and cracking jokes. The next day he doesn’t make it back into his house after shoveling snow. Massive heart attack. I was numb when I read the news.
I’ve lost friends and loved ones before… but they were always expected. The kind you could see coming and share a final goodbye. This was a total blindside.
It’s weighed heavily on me this week and consumed many of my thoughts. I had one of my craziest weeks at work in recent memory. Whenever I started to throw myself a pity party I remembered my friend.
That sobered me up real quick! It made me realize that even though my day wasn’t exactly the one I wanted I could still go home at the end of the day and have supper with my family.
This week, and my friend’s sudden death, has made me realize how fragile life is… and that we never know when our time is up. It’s made me hug my kids a little harder and longer. It’s made me appreciate what an amazing woman and mother my wife is.
It has also had me wondering if there are relationships and situations that I need to make right. Do I need to ask for grace? Do I need to grant it? These questions have been consuming my thoughts lately.
I normally end each blog post by asking a question. Today, I ask a favor. Please think about your life. Ask yourself the same questions I’ve been struggling with. Do you need to ask for grace? Do you need to grant it? After you’ve thought about it… do something about it.
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