Every now and then something happens in life that gets your attention and sheds new light on what’s really important. That happened for me this week.
My cousin’s beautiful 21-year-old-daughter was senselessly and tragically killed at the hands of someone she knew. This bright and gorgeous young woman had her whole life ahead of her. Now, suddenly, she is gone.
Then it happened. I got irritated with my own daughter (age: 20) over something silly having to do with our house. It wasn’t a big thing, but I was upset about it and I let her know.
My daughter told me that she too was upset about it, but I was too preoccupied by my own anger to hear her.
A little while later she posted on Facebook that she was having a really rough night; she was downcast and very sad. It was when I saw her post that the proverbial light came on.
I went into my daughter’s bedroom and told her in no uncertain terms that I was going to hug her. She asked why–as in why did I feel the need to hug her. I told her it was because my cousin was about to bury his beautiful daughter, and because the issue we were upset about was carpet. I assured her she was MUCH more important to me than carpet and that I was sorry for getting angry with her.
I hugged my girl and stroked her hair like I did when she was a child, and in that moment I made things right with her.
It is so easy to focus on minor things that seem major, when the truly major things are right there under our nose. As for me, this is one mom who is truly and deeply grateful for the opportunity to see things more clearly and to set things right with my girl. My cousin will never have the opportunity to hug his daughter again and tell her he loves her….
Whatever you go through today, take a moment to put things in proper perspective. Be loving toward the people in your life because they matter, and let the meaningless things fall away. Be kind to them. Listen to them–not just to their words, but also to their heart. Be slow to get angry, be quick to forgive, and don’t wait to make things right when you’ve been wrong. You never know when it may be your last opportunity to do so.
Please share your own stories (in the comment section below) of when you’ve had similar experiences.
Then go and make today great!