September 17, 2014 - Kurt

On Mortality

We lost someone at work today. I don’t have all the details and by no means was he old so it’s hit everyone pretty hard.

The mood is somber at best and crushingly depressed at worst. He was the kind of guy who always had a smile on his face and brightened a room with his quirky behavior and unique sense of humor. To say that he will be missed is an understatement. There are no words to make everyone feel better, nothing to fix the situation. We just have to soldier on, try to dwell on the happy memories and pray for his family and friends.

It’s in moments like these that you often are given to thoughts of your own life and the wonderful things that fill it. I have a great wife and two fantastic kids. I love my job (most of the time) and I have a solid group of life-long friends. I need to remember that I need to be around for them. Sure, I need to live my life and do what I can to be happy, but it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that you fill a gap in somebody elses life. There is someone who, whether they realize it or not, counts on you to be there. I know that I cherish coming home to my family every night and fear the day I’m not able to do so.

I guess what I’m trying to say, is spend a little time being there for someone else. Take the time to listen, share a meal, hold a door, whatever, just take a moment.

You never know when you or they won’t be there anymore.

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