A Car Accident

Author: 2011


Over the years we have had occasion to talked about the frailty of life, the "here today In the matter of seconds, lives can be irreversibly altered
and gone tomorrow" potential we all face but it had never been so personally realistic before. And, it wasn't that we haven't had friends, relatives, and colleagues die before, it was now much more personal. In a matter of seconds, lives can be irreversibly altered; death could have easily been the result.


Catherine and I were on our way to our nephew's
birthday party one rainy Saturday morning driving along what some people call moose alley. It was early, few other cars on the road and we were looking forward to a good day spent with family. It wasn't that we hadn't driven this road before, in fact, many, many times through the bush-laden countryside.

Suddenly Seemingly Out of Nowhere
A moose darted out across our path. Fortunately, a quick swerve to the other lane prevented a full impact with only a collision on the right side of our car ripping off the mirror and embedding moose hair down the side of the car, and knocking the moose to the pavement.

Shaken But Fine
By the time I stopped and looked back in my rear view mirror, the moose was getting up and then ran into the bush. Shaken but fine, we both looked at each other with a stunned expression. We both knew that moose accidents had claimed many lives throughout the years, and we knew we had been very fortunate to escape with only slight vehicle damage and no personal injury or worse. After a quick check of our vehicle, we started off again.

It took only a few seconds from start to finish in our moose accident but those few seconds in our lives have reverberated through time to this day. Why?

One Near Miss With Death
The value of that one near miss with
death has been a positive, a reawakening to the the time between life and death is a time to give thanks for each day
value of each day. Each one of us has only a limited
time on this earth; no one can predict when your time will end. But, the time between life and death is a time to give thanks for each day, to see the sun rise again, to know that you can accomplish, can help, can assist others to appreciate their life if they are caught in the poor-me syndrome.

The Message Is Clear
Seize each day as if it is your last because that just might be the case. Take each day for the real gift it is; enjoy each day and add a joyful thought or a
laugh or a simple appreciation to sit for a moment and enjoy the expression of freedom that it entails. You have a gift, a gift that is immeasurable in its own right. You can make each day a day of value, or you can choose to complain where you have to right to. What kind of day will you have now?

Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love." Marcus Aurelius

"I have realized that the past and future are real illusions that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is." Alan Watts

"I have a great distaste for people who always find something to complain about, because life is too short. If they took that same energy they use for complaining and finding fault, and instead put it toward something constructive, they could rebuild the world." Sandy Kaplan

"We have three roles here on earth: to learn, to love, and to live. When we stop learning, we start to stagnate and die. When we stop loving, we lose our sense of purpose and become self-centered. When we limit our living, we deny the world the benefits of our talents." Jim Cathcart, The Acorn Principle: Know Yourself, Grow Yourself

"If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it." Anthony J. D'Angelo


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