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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue

Mischief & Mayhem

Tomorrow, today is gone forever

01/03/2007 - Recently, I reread one of those "heartstring" stories about a man who is persuaded by his wife to take another woman out to dinner – his mother. He had not spent much time with his mother in recent years, and, being the ever knowing wife that we women tend to be, his wife sensed that he should make the effort to see her. As it turns out, he has a wonderful evening with his mother and plans to do so again soon only to find out that she dies a few days later of a massive heart attack – probably from the shock of having had her son take her to dinner after having ignored her for such a long time. Joking.

Anyway, with that said, these stories are always good to reread on occasion. They pull on our heartstrings and help us remember the importance of family. They help us stop and look at our own lives to see if we are neglecting those that we love and make us realize that time is a fleeting element in life that once gone, can never be regained. We never know what tomorrow, or even the next hour may bring. We have no way of knowing when our time on this earth is finished and the same is true of those around us.

Just as footsteps in the sand are washed away before our very eyes, the faces we see today in grocery stores or even next to us in the bed may be gone tomorrow. Our only recourse is to live each day with them as though there is no tomorrow. What regrets could we possibly have tomorrow if we live today as though it were the last? Would waking up again tomorrow be a regret? I don't think so. Tim McGraw sang a song a few years ago, Live Like You Were Dying. Some of the lyrics are: "I was finally the husband that most the time I wasn't and I became a friend a friend would like to have; and all the sudden going fishin' wasn't such an imposition, I went three times that year I lost my dad." It is really a beautiful song.

Luckily, we really do not have to get to the point that we are dying before such revelations hit home. Sometimes all it takes is a crying-in-your-mug country music song to make you realize that you have been neglecting something or someone in your life. The question is, what are you going to do about it? Are you going to sit on your laurels and wait for another day to make a difference in the way things are in your life, or are you going to spring into action in this New Year and change what you can?

I say that in this New Year, we should all choose to spring into action and make the time to take advantage of our time with our loved ones. Play games with the children. Take the time to visit our parents and grandparents. Send cards for no reason except to say that we love the recipient. Take the time to let our family and friends know that we truly care and want to be with them and encourage them to do the same with others. No, I am not going to break out into a stanza of Kum Ba Yah ... although ... if I had a good voice, I just might. (grin)

Time is fleeting. Do what you can today because tomorrow, today will be gone forever.

Appalachian Regaional
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