Updated: Jun 17, 2021
By David Ficarri
-DIVERSIONS WITH DAVE-
“There’s been an accident.”
As quickly as you can say those words your life can change. Whether it’s a traffic collision, violence, drugs, or an act of nature, the one constant in this journey of life is the never-ending reminders of how precious and fragile it is.
It’s been 10 years since a tornado ripped through Joplin, Miss. but I’ll never forget the images of the devastation it left behind.
The tornado killed 158 people, caused more than $2 billion dollars in damages, and essentially leveled the whole community. With winds exceeding 200 MPH, the storm turned houses into toothpicks and changed everyone’s life there almost instantly. The images were surreal and devastating.
The reality is that we’ve all probably experienced similar devastation in our own lives.
One minute you’re enjoying the calmness of life and in the very next, you’re left to pick up the shattered pieces of your existence. With those tragedies rushes in a thousand questions.
Unfortunately, in many of those cases, there are no good answers as to why these things happen to us.
It’s in these moments that we rely on all the things that give our lives meaning. Our faith, family and friends all become the anchors to keep our lives stable.
So, push aside those petty indifferences, stop chasing the golden calf and love your friends and family with all the madness in your soul because it’s those moments of crisis and tragedy that reinforce the very reasons for your existence.
Why are we here on Earth and why do bad things happen to good people? Your answers are as good as mine.
The universe doesn’t give us answers. Instead, it just gives us reminders of how fragile life is.
I read a quote that said, “If you place your hand over your heart and can feel it beating, then you’ve got enough reason to live”. Right now, someone is taking their last breath so please don’t waste yours on the trivial things in this world.
Life is fragile and fleeting, enjoy every moment and conversation you have with the people you love because you never know when you’re going to get that call.