Tragedies like this have a way of putting things in a different perspective. People left home that day assuming at night their day would be like other days. But it wasn't. So many lost their homes. They lost precious mementos and photographs. Some lost family family members. All in less than one hour.
I remember a story someone told me about his family rushing out after breakfast, each going off to school or work. That day his mother died. 20 years later he was telling me that to this day he still wished he had told her "I love you" one more time before he rushed out for school.
- If you left for work tomorrow and came home only to discover that your home was just a pile of rubble, what, if any, regret would you have?
- If one of your family members or friends did not make it home tomorrow because of some tragedy, what, if anything, would you regret?
- What are those little things you don't say to your partner because you rush, or multi-task, or are mad because he or she left her dirty clothes on the bedroom floor?
Even when you are stressed or annoyed, don't miss opportunities to remind those people you love that you DO love them, that you treasure their presence in your life. Take time to be together, to make sacred some of those moments of just being together and in verbal and non-verbal ways "I love you, I value you, I treasure you." Never miss an opportunity.