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July 8, 2014

Kali Davies-Anderson: Life is precious — make the most of it

NEW CASTLE — In the past few weeks it seems as though many of my friends have seen tragedy strike their own lives or they lives of people they love.

It is so hard to make sense of these events, and yet we are often faced with the challenge of getting through them despite our lack of preparedness.

I suppose if there is a lesson to be learned, it is that life is a precious gift and one that we don’t earn or become entitled to, but rather something graciously bestowed upon us.

A gift that we are responsible for cherishing.

Sometimes, I go through my daily chores in disgust.

I wish that the floors would scrub themselves, I wish that the kids weren’t so needy and the grocery bill so high.

I long for peace and quiet and alone time. I find myself fantasizing about an empty house or a smaller house or just less responsibility in general.

I catch myself wondering what life would have been like if I had stayed in school a bit longer, if I had gone to one more audition in New York City, if my husband and I had spent more time as a couple before deciding to start a family. 

I find myself giving meaningless occurrences a great deal of attention and overlooking the more important things.

Then tragedy strikes someone close to me and I am instantly snapped back into reality.

It’s human nature, right, to pine for things once we realize how quickly we could lose them?

Is this fair to those around us, though?

Should it take something tragic to pull people together?

Naturally that happens, but maybe for some that can be too late.

Sometimes I have a bad day and am not a very patient mother.

This morning was one of those days.  I allow little things (which, in conjunction with each other can FEEL like very big things) to get me flustered.

I talk sternly with my children, I snap at my husband, I am not very nice to be around.

We all have days like this.

We all are ALLOWED to have days like this.

But, tonight when I lay my head on my pillow I will wish that I had done better, and will pray that I get the chance for another day.

It might sound morbid, but not one of us is guaranteed that gift. We truly do not know what tomorrow, or next week or next year will bring, and I think it is our responsibility to cherish the moments as they are granted to us.

There is a song by Christian singing group Point of Grace that I feel is very relevant to the idea of savoring the moment, and I would like to share with you, my favorite lyrics of from one of their songs:

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