We are all busy. We all have schedules and agendas jam-packed with various things to do. Our days, weeks, months and years are filled with appointments, classes, papework, phone calls, deadlines and parties.
Sometimes we find ourselves so busy we forget to say goodbye to our loved ones before we leave for work in the morning. Sometimes we forget to take a few minutes out of our day to send a friend a birthday text, or give some affection to our dog.
However, whenever we are directly confronted with a tragedy of this magnitude so close to home, it makes us stop dead in our tracks. We automatically call our friends and family, reach out, give a hug and a kiss, and tell someone we love them.
Why must a crisis have to occur to remind us what is truly important in life? Why do we have to be shaken up, jerked alert to realize what REALLY matters? I’m sure all the parents, siblings, relatives and friends wish they had said the words, “I love you” just one more time to the sweet child they lost today.
If there is anything we can learn from the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, it’s that we ALL need to slow down, simplify our lives, and take the time to appreciate our loved ones each and every moment. Life is short; fragile. If we don’t do it now, we may never get another chance.
–A Sandy Hook Store Owner