Today’s Daily Thought is designed to alert you to the “uncertainties” in life that can happen to us all. I reside in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and just “yesterday” there was a big local story on the news about a building that collapsed downtown here. Reports were that to date 6 people had been killed and 13 injured in this freak accident. I had walked through that area many times before. I realize that events such as this (and worse) happen around the world all the time, but reading about it is not the same as being able to “relate” to it. You might be encountering some of the happiest days of your life and then it can “all” come crashing down in an “instant.” Plane crashes, earthquakes, and even unexpected car crashes should help us realize just how “vulnerable” we all are. While we offer our prayers and condolences to the families of the victims we also have to take our own precautions in life. If any of those people had thought for an “instant” that the building would have collapsed like that, do you think they would have even entered the area? There are things in life that are beyond our control, and while we cannot protect ourselves from “all” harmful elements we can at least make the most of our lives and live each day as though it “might” be our last. I am not trying to invoke fear, but the true quality of life depends on how you engage it. If your life ended today how would you want to live it? Are there certain things that you would want to accomplish? For me, quality of life has much more value than quantity of life (even though I would still love to live a long time). We may not be able to control the latter, but we can certainly have a “major” impact on the former. It is important to improve and grow, because as you do your life value increases. Many people are content to work a 9 to 5 job, accept a standard income and not reach for any more goals. That is fine if that is what you want, but there is so much more to life. If you died today, went to Heaven and saw a videotape of your life, would you be satisfied with it? If you felt that you could have done much more (and if you asked God for yet another chance to accomplish more in life) then “TODAY” would be that day, and right now would “be” your “second chance.” We have no idea what tomorrow may bring, so why not make the most of today? I most certainly intend to. I hope that your lives today are “without incident” and that your existence is peaceful. I just wanted to bring this to your attention because no one lives forever. What you get out of life most certainly depends on what you put “into” it. Be thankful for your blessings, and “please” be safe today. Thank you and have a great one.
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Robin Roberts and Brett Jolly