by Craig Ruvere
It often takes something catastrophic to occur in the environments we live in for us to realize just how fragile and valuable life truly is.
Hurricane Sandy has certainly been the impetus needed to remind us all of that reality.
I find my mornings are now filled with an enormous amount of gratitude for the many blessings I’ve been bestowed – especially through one of the worst hurricanes the tri-state area has ever seen.
I can’t help but feel that the cosmos is trying to send society a message – a message designed to rearrange what we deem so important in this life and focus on what should be our priorities.
How many of us are infatuated with a materialistic lifestyle, which oftentimes leaves us in financial ruins just to impress the strangers around us?
We judge others more by the style of cell phone they carry, rather than the character and compassion they share with the world.
Some spend most of their lives buried in their careers – void of balance and relationships every human being needs in order to survive and prosper.
But as I said, then something catastrophic happens and suddenly there’s a shift in everything we thought we knew about ourselves and the world.
We begin to understand that the unconditional relationships we often take for granted or claim our lives simply don’t require are the most important things this life has to offer us.
Relationships which help us through the difficult times in life; celebrate our successes and accomplishments; protect us from the evils of this world; shield us from the bullies on the playground.
Carl Sandburg once said that, “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.”
Don’t wait for another catastrophic event to determine the course of your life and the relationships you foster.
We are only given so much time here on earth – make the most of it where it truly matters before someone else spends it for you.