February Seventh; In A Moment, Everything Can Change

What a difference a day makes.

Yesterday was cold but gorgeous. Bright sunlight, clear skies, a breeze that had some of us bundled up or waiting in our vehicles, but still gorgeous! The roadways were all clear and dry, making them safer for the ride.

Today is cold and raining with threats of ice and snow. At least for a while. Supposedly the threat of winter weather is fading even as I write this. Even as I sit and listen to the rain falling outside. If we must continually deal  with this, I’m glad it waited until today. Funny, and amazing, how much difference a day, a moment, a decision, can make.

One month from today, will be five years since my husband was found deceased in his truck. A call that came just moments before quitting time, rocked and changed my world. One phone call. One minute I was the wife of a long haul truck driver, the next I was the widow of a long haul truck driver. And nothing has been the same. We all have those moments. Almost two years ago I was told on Thursday I was an essential employee. The following Friday I received the call that I was laid off. The difference a day makes.

Neither of those two examples were under my control. As often the abrupt, unexpected changes many face were not under our control. Yet many times, they are. At least to varying degrees.

Health problems. We can do everything possible to stay healthy. We can be physically active. We can make healthier food choices. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Abstain or limit the things that are unhealthy choices. We can avoid things such as smoking or using illegal or abusing legal drugs. And still get sick.

We can work hard at a relationship, doing all the right things at the right times, and it still fall apart.

We can be the ideal employee. Dependable, responsible, knowledgeable, and still lose that job.

Sometimes, we may think, one time won’t hurt. Now upfront, I’m going to say these are examples and not meant to be certainties will happen to anyone who does this. But the risk and potential is there.

One time experimenting with drugs. The potential and risk is there for a lifetime of addiction.

Drinking and driving. Just because by some miracle, you made it home safely that first time, doesn’t mean every time is safe. By doing so you are putting innocent people at risk. Innocent people have died, or severely injured. Lives forever changed, because of one decision.

That extreme selfie and act of presumed fearlessness when it is a moment of recklessness. Many people have died due to falling while attempting that amazing photo. A death that would not have happened had they acted with more caution and responsibility.

Road rage or just…rage. We are fast becoming a -me- society. The roads are mine, you have no right to be in my way. Move and move fast. In fact, just get off my road and we’ll be fine. I saw the headline to an article where an individual was shot in a grocery store after an argument.  Someone died, someone is in jail.  Because of a moment of rage over calm.

One thing we do have control over, is our acceptance of salvation. Feeling the working of the Holy Spirit within and responding. Accepting the forgiveness and love that He offers. Knowing that upon that acceptance your name is written in the Book of Life and eternity is sealed. Then living that life as an example for others. Being that difference in a world that hasn’t realized how quickly things shift and are altered.

Life can change in a moment. What was, no longer is and never will be again. Often though, we can make a difference. If we think first. Take that moment of consideration and comprehend what you are risking. Life is precious, but it can change in a moment. Live it fully, but with forethought.

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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2 Responses to February Seventh; In A Moment, Everything Can Change

  1. I am so sorry that happened.

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