When you know you’re leaving on a trip, you have time to prepare for being separated from your loved ones. For example, my husband and I had time to plan and make arrangements before he left town for two weeks on a Commemorative Air Force tour.
Similarly, my younger sister Gayle had time to get her affairs in order before leaving this Earth. As she grew weary in her five-year breast cancer battle, she made a point to mend relationships and to tell others what they meant to her. She didn’t want to have any regrets when her time came.
I was the recipient of a letter to such effect, in which she apologized for any hurt she had caused me over the years and thanked me for the memories we had shared. She didn’t want any hard feelings between us, and I’m happy to say we didn’t have any when she passed from this life to the next.
But what about those who don’t have time to prepare, and they’re suddenly taken from this life in a car accident or a fatal heart attack or through some other means? It could happen to any of us. Are you ready?
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to have any regrets. I want my affairs to be in order every day so that when my time comes, no hard feelings will linger in those left behind. I want to tell people each day how much they mean to me. I want to take advantage of the opportunities I have to make a difference in others’ lives.
When I mess up, I’ll pick myself up and get right back to it. And just so you know, I appreciate you.
Christian, wife, mother of 5, breast cancer survivor, marathon finisher, writer and editor, author of "Help! I'm a Science Project"