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Dear Diary, My Best Friend Died ...

How do we find time to appreciate those around us? How can we not take for granted those whom we love?

Dear Diary,

Yesterday I woke up, jumped out of bed, hopped in the shower and headed off to work thinking that I knew what was to be of the gorgeous summer day.  

I was going to open the store for the contractors, continue to re-arrange for our opening and head to the doctor before meeting my new CFO at the bank all before 10 a.m.

All of that happened much as expected. I had gotten a call from a former friend at 10:30 a.m., but I was in the thick of my morning and decided to listen and call back later. Then more paint, more arranging, more going through my list ...

Then stop. Everything came to a sudden pause when I got a dreadful one-line text. The voicemail I hadn't listened to was still on my phone so the person had no choice, but to text because she hadn't heard from me.

The awful news: one of my very best friends in LA died the night before in a freak accident. Suddenly nothing else mattered.

It's amazing how much time we spend on doing everything we need to do every second of every day. It's tragic that sometimes it takes an awful event to make us stop and think of how lucky we are to have the people we love in our lives.

So Diary, I cried. And I'm still crying but, in between those tears, I have decided to call or meet up with everyone that I hold dear to my heart.

Time is our most precious asset. If we can train ourselves to stop at least five times a day to touch base with ourselves and think about who we can call, see or just be thankful for maybe when time stops, it won't hurt as badly.

I'm making that vow to myself today. I miss you my friend. My time with you was some of the best of my life.

Maaliea Wilbur July 26, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Jennifer...Thanks for sharing your story. I truly believe there is so much to be learned from the experiences our friends and family. Your story has reminded me to slow down and focus on the important things in my life...which are often not the things that we seem to make important each day. Take care of yourself during this time of loss.
Dyan Chan July 26, 2012 at 06:49 AM
You're so right, Jennifer, it's terrible that it takes a tragedy to get us to stop and appreciate what's most important in our lives. Thank you for this reminder. Love and prayers to you!
Jane Darwin July 26, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Thank you Jennifer for being able to share this story. You gave me pause and during the moment I remembered a best friend who died suddenly. In that moment I smiled and cried remembering her-which keeping an heart open to love and pain-keeps us human.
Jesse Ducker July 26, 2012 at 05:15 PM
First, so sorry for your loss. Second, I whole-heartedley agree that we should all take the time to appreciate the ones that we love and are important in our lives while they're still living. It's as tough for me as anyone to make myself take the time to let people know in my life know how important they are to me, but I know that it's always worth it.

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