Friday, February 13, 2009

Live Every Moment

When we got to the airport in Indianapolis, the check-in rep told us he was putting us on an earlier flight--flights were running late all day because of high winds, so the flight that was supposed to leave at 4:30 would be leaving at 6:45. Our original flight was supposed to leave at 7:30 and would be delayed until 9:30. WhooHoo--we were thrilled with our new “standby” boarding passes! At that point we’d been gone 10 days and just wanted to get home fast--to Newark Airport.

It's probably the same decision that some people made yesterday at Newark Airport, on their way to Buffalo. Little choices we make, sometimes about something simple, can change everything. Frequently, it's not a question of right or wrong, it's just a choice. But we have to keep making them, and we can't worry about the consequences or "If only" ourselves if something bad happens.

Flying is a necessity of modern life, but neither of us love it. We say a little prayer at both ends and buckle up. For business, we fly out of Newark 9 1/2 times out of 10. And Buffalo is Virginia's hometown. We have done book signings in Clarence, where last night's awful crash occurred, as well as in the surrounding towns, where many people were heading last night.

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of those who perished in the crash .As Virginia’s brother said this morning, “Buffalo is a small town at heart, and everyone here will be affected by this tragedy one way or another.” We add our prayers to the chorus of those being offered because sometimes that is the most powerful thing we can do.

We got this email a few days ago from friend and it seems like the perfect way to end this:

It’s the Little Things

As you might know, the head of a company survived
Because his son started kindergarten that morning.

Another fellow was alive because it was
His turn to bring donuts.

One woman was late because her
Alarm clock didn't go off in time.

One was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike
Because of an auto accident.

One of them
Missed his bus.

One spilled food on her clothes and had to take
Time to change.

One'sCar wouldn't start.

One went back to
Answer the telephone.

One had a child that dawdled
And didn't get ready as soon as he should have.

One couldn't
Get a taxi.

The one that struck me was the man who put on a new pair of shoes that morning, took the various means to get to work but before he got there, he developed a blister on his foot.
He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid.
That is why he is alive today.

Now when I am ---
Stuck in traffic, Miss an elevator, Turn back to answer a ringing telephone... All the little things that annoy me. I think to myself, This is exactly where I am supposed to be at this very moment... Next time your morning seems to be Going wrong, The children are slow getting dressed, You can't seem to find the car keys, You hit every traffic light, Don't get mad or frustrated; God is at work watching over you. May God continue to bless you With all those annoying little things And may you remember their possible purpose.

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