He "went missing" for awhile yesterday. No one had been able to reach him all day. Upon further investigation his phone was left at home but he was gone. (The importance of being connected and carrying that little phone still doesn't equate the same for him) as it does for everyone else. We got exceptionally worried. The entire family became concerned. He'd been seen around town during the day but as the night drew closer it became colder, the snow drifts higher and he was no where to be found.
In the midst of everything it was frustrating not to be able to simply call and hear his voice to know he's alright. By God's grace he was kept safe and was perfectly fine last night- but it got me thinking...
We discovered he'd made a trip to a neighboring, larger town about an hour away with his neighbor whose become a dear friend to him.
Once the cloud of worry and stress dissipated I realized the real reason he went to Chadron- it was his birthday! While I was simply reaching out with a phone call- I hadn't taken the time to figure out how to plan a birthday dinner or have cake delivered with icecream. As family (myself included) we wanted to reach out with a phone call and grew concerned and near the verge of anger (for the lack of response or an answer) when that call wasn't answered.
BUT it was his friend that made time to celebrate his birthday. Celebrate his life in a special way. A birthday dinner celebrating him and the effort in making him feel- as special as he makes the rest of us feel.
Reminder that sometimes all the things we fill our daily lives with that seem important in this very moment may cause us to miss out on the people and moments that are nearest and dearest to our hearts.
Maybe, just maybe it's time to stop and ask the hard questions. Why does it take these types of situations and reality checks to put (daily) life in perspective?
Asking hard questions and taking actions for change is sometimes Scary and Hard..
On the contrary:
Thoughts to ponder:
What's at risk if we continue today like we lived yesterday and don't MAKE the time to CREATE change.