The question is not ‘if’ something bad is going to happen to us. The right question is ‘when’. Because something bad is going to happen sometime in our future.
Failure, separation, broken relationships.
Disease, accidents, illness, pain, death.
It’s going to happen. And most of the time it will happen when we least expect it.
A very close friend of mine received a huge shock several years ago when her beautiful daughter-in-law didn’t wake up one morning. 33 years-old. And she didn’t wake up.
She was fine the day before.
She leaves behind a husband, a young son, and a large number of family and friends who never expected something like this to happen.
Many times there is no warning. I was on my normal commute home from work when I got the call that my son, David Glasser, who was a Phoenix Police Officer, had been shot in the line of duty. He died that day. My world crumbled into painful ashes on that day.
It’s not ‘if’, the question is ‘when’.
So do we live our lives with a cloud of worry and fear over our heads just waiting for the next ax to fall? Or do we ignore the inevitable and deal with it when it happens?
Neither of those sound like a good option to me. The tragedy that blew my life apart is not going to cause me to spend the rest of my life focused on dreading the next bad thing. But I’m also not going to pretend that there are no more hard times coming.
I have chosen to try to find a balance somewhere in the middle of those two extremes. I am working on growing my faith – getting closer to God. God has been my anchor through this storm of grief and loss these last 5 1/2 years. I am also trying to grow my resilience in the face of adversity – defining and strengthening the process I use when bad things happen. Because they are going to happen.
I tend to lean more in the positive direction than the negative – life is more good than bad. I like to focus on good things – they make the struggle all worth it.
And I have learned a lot about love since Davey was killed. When we show love to those around us – even when we don’t know them – it really does matter. Each expression of love, every hand that reaches out, any show of kindness and love – it all matters. Davey taking time out of his schedule packed with family and career to fly across the country to celebrate his step-grandfather’s 90th birthday and putting his arm around Merle for a picture matters – especially when 90 was the last birthday his step-grandfather celebrated.
It’s all worth the effort. When we love each other, we’re on the right track.
Because it’s not a question of ‘if’ something bad is going to happen to us. The right question is ‘when’.
Loving each other helps when the worst happens.
Miss you, Davey.