This past Monday I had decided what I was going to write about for Thanksgiving. My thoughts were in order and I had put together a few notes to make sure that no details were lost. The plan was for me to write the blog and post it on Tuesday night.
Things changed dramatically for me when the phone rang on Tuesday afternoon. My brother called to let me know that plans were being made at that moment for my father to go into emergency quadruple bypass surgery on Wednesday.
It turns out that when my father went to the hospital on Tuesday for a somewhat routine test and it was discovered that all of four of his heart valves were substantially blocked. He was transported by ambulance to Crawford Long Hospital late Tuesday by ambulance and prepped for surgery.
How things can change from one moment to the next. We simply never know when a similar situation can happen to any of the people we love, or in fact to ourselves.
The point of this blog post is to reiterate what all of us knows, but are prone to forget as we get tied up in our daily routines. Our life is limited on this earth and we may not know when our time may be shortened.
The time to make a difference in the lives of others and get in the game is RIGHT NOW! We may not have the time tomorrow to do some of the important things we’re putting off.
We simply never know what may happen from one moment to the next.
One of the things we must never forget is to let our friends know how vitally important they are to our lives. I’ve always said that my friends are the part of my family that I get to pick. The last few days have certainly reiterated that for me – I’ve been touched by the outpouring of prayers lifted up on behalf of my father’s recovery by my friends and their concern.
I’m happy to report that my father made it through surgery successfully and has begun the recovery process. He is still in the ICU unit as I write this post and we’re confident that with each day he will make additional progress on his recovery.
One of these days I will put together the post I was planning on writing this past Tuesday. In the meantime I have some very important friends that I would like to touch base with – for words left unsaid and moments left unacted upon may never see the light of day if I don’t act on them today.