“There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.”
~ Mother Teresa
Today, my friend and colleague expressed regret for having repeatedly let life get in the way of visiting an ill friend of hers. I listened intently and nodded my head. “Now, she is gone,” she cried. But I had no words of comfort for her. I searched, but I couldn’t find them. Instead, I only found tears – which I am certain only made her feel worse.
In situations like this, there is no way to go back and make the time. It’s just too late. Sometimes, we know that those we love are dying but not always. Things happen that take those we love from us in an instant.
After beating the Cancer, my stepfather having a heart attack and dying instantly was the last thing I thought would happen. My family will forever feel robbed of being able to say good-bye. Fortunately, I feel confident that he knew we loved him – we told him often.
It would be nice to have unlimited time to spend with everyone that matters to you. That is simply not the case, especially these days. But what if you were to do something in lieu of visiting (until you could visit) like calling, sending a card, or even an email? I know if feels impersonal but at least it is something.
As for those who you see every day, don’t just assume that they know how you feel. Tell them!
Oh, and by the way, Mother’s Day is this Sunday.