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When tragedy comes... it changes ones mindset.

Monday, July 12, 2010

On July 4, 2010 at 9:40 pm. I heard news that both my husband's brother and his wife were killed in an accident earlier that afternoon. It was just a little over a week ago, yet, it has left an impression that I will not soon forget.

When I used to wait in heavy traffic on the highway because of an accident, I felt frustration and impatience, and would think of the inconvenience.... now I feel compassion for the people and for the families involved and for how and who all it will affect.

When I used to see flowers along the side of the road, I hardly noticed or thought much about it. Now I see every one and I can envision the families standing at that site, walking around and putting together what happened.

When I used to talk to a family member or friend who is about to take a trip, I used to say flippantly, 'Drive Safely!" Now, when I say it, it is said with meaning, concern, and a strong emotion that I feel inside, that I can't explain!

When I used to think of death, it seemed so far away, something that happens to other people. Now I realize, that every breathe I take, every day I live is truly a gift from God. I think of how people will remember me, and what kind of influence I am making on the lives of my family, friends, and even occasional acquaintances and strangers.

Maybe I am just still very emotional as we wait for the memorial service later this week... but I hope I never forget these things.... which is why I am writing... not just to share, but also for myself, to remember them for many years to come.

I thank my many friends for your thoughts, notes, and prayers for my family during this time. They are greatly appreciated and I cannot tell you in words what they have meant to us!!! (((hugs)))

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NONNATAMMY 7/13/2010 9:04AM

    I'm sooo sorry. I pray God's peace and comfort for you and your husband and family. Thanks for the insight. I think it will cause me to think about it too. I know when we go through things it really makes you change your attitude about things. God bless you.

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SLIMKIM2B 7/13/2010 5:54AM

    I am sorry for your loss. I can definitely relate to what you are feeling. We lost my father-in-law 4 years ago in a horrific car accident also on the 4th of July. My thoughts are with your family.

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LTISONE 7/12/2010 10:55PM

    Your words are so very true! Oh how I am so easily frustrated when waiting in traffic because of an accident. When loved ones are traveling - the casual phrase "be careful" - said so many times but without much thought. It brings tears to my eyes as I read your blog - life doesn't just happen to us, but we sure act like it sometimes! Thanks for sharing - especially during this time of tragedy for you and your family. God Bless -
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MOMOF6BOYS 7/12/2010 10:38PM

    I am so sorry for your loss!!! Definitely praying for your family....

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RUNNINGOMA 7/12/2010 9:06PM

    I heard about your family's loss and want to let you know that I am praying for you all.
May our Lord give you strength for the days ahead and may you experience Him turning this into good in the days ahead.
Love you,
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SAMMYSWEETPEA 7/12/2010 7:01PM

    Thoughts & prayers for you & your family. Thank you for sharing this story with us. I hope it will change other's mindsets as well.

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MOTHERDUCK3 7/12/2010 5:48PM

    Praying for you and your family. I can't imagine how hard this must be. Blessings

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MOMNCREW8 7/12/2010 5:45PM

    May the God of all comfort be with you and your family at this time. I'm sure it is difficult for all of you.

You said so much in your blog that makes us think about the impact we can have on our families and how every day is a gift from God. Don't feel like you are being over emotional. Through every trial we can be used for HIS purposes too. Thanks for sharing.

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BEGONIAC 7/12/2010 5:02PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. emoticon emoticon

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SMALLONEDAY 7/12/2010 4:50PM

    So very sorry for your lost 3 at one time. We having a saying in my car when my husband passes another car or gets upset with the person in front, God has that person driving slow or what ever the case may be. Only God knows what lies ahea of us. I will be praying for your family . For peace and comfort

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SMALLONEDAY 7/12/2010 4:50PM

    So very sorry for your lost 3 at one time. We having a saying in my car when my husband passes another car or gets upset with the person in front, God has that person driving slow or what ever the case may be. Only God knows what lies ahea of us. I will be praying for your family . For peace and comfort

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