I just found out that my friend J. was killed in a car accident yesterday evening. She was a fairly new friend. We met serving on the board of our local Woman's Club together. I so appreciated her spirit and enthusiasm. She was in the process of whipping out group into shape and a new era for our Club was dawning. And now...in the blink of an eye...our dear friend is gone.
This morning, I am trying to remember my last interaction with my friend. Did I give her a hug? Did I wish her a very Merry Christmas? Did I tell her how much her contributions are valued? I can't remember.
My father was killed in 1999 and I DO remember my last interaction with him. It wasn't good.
I just shared our grief over J.'s death with another friend over the phone. When we ended our phone call, I told her I loved her and she said that we need to do that more often. We don't know when our time here will end. It is so important to take every opportunity to hug the people in our lives and tell them we value them and love them. You don't ever know when it may be the last time you see someone.
Today, I encourage you to tell the people in your life how much they mean to you.
Say it every day.