In a second……
everything permanently changes.
We were all reminded this week of how quickly life ends. We were reminded how quickly several families’ whole idea of what they thought their future was going to be literally crashed and burned. We were reminded that nobody – no matter how anonymous or how famous – is immune to sudden disasters.
Situations like this where young people are gone in an instant bring me back. Every situation in the news where a family of a law enforcement officer is left behind after their officer is killed brings me back.
It brings me back to where I was when my son, David Glasser, who was a Phoenix Police Officer, was killed – in a second – in the line of duty. May 18, 2016 – a date seared into my soul. When I hear the news of the latest tragedy, I find myself visiting that deep, dark place of pain, grief and loss once again.
I don’t know the specifics of other people’s situations, but I know the feelings. I know the fog. I know the swirling. I know the emptiness.
If you’ve experienced this kind of tragedy, you know it, too.
The good news is that now I just visit that place. I’m not stuck there. I can feel it, recognize it, pray for those that have joined me on this road of recreating what my future looks like but I’m not staying in the dark place. God has a purpose for leaving me here and that’s what I need to focus on. I can’t focus on all I have lost…..there’s too much.
Just like you, I am reminded once again that life is short. I am reminded how precious life is. I am reminded how quickly people can be gone. I’m reminded of how quickly I could be gone.
I am reminded of some of the game-changing things I have learned these last almost 4 years since Davey left us –
Life is short – forgive others, love others, cherish your time with them. Always put God and people before ‘stuff’ and money.
No regrets – go, do, see, don’t put things off. Deal with conflict positively or let it go Don’t stop talking to people when you’re mad at them – you may never get another chance to say ‘love you”.
Love is the answer – Love has a magical quality that comes straight from God. Love first and worry about all the other stuff later. Our lives will be empty unless we fill them with love. We don’t want to miss the chances we have to love others and add something meaningful to their lives.
Davey had it so right when he made sure the last thing he said to anyone he cared about was ‘love you’. Now we are all blessed as his last words to us continue to echo through our hearts and minds.
Miss you, Davey.