Take Nothing for Granted

taking things for granted

Statistically speaking, 146,000 people will die today.

I wonder how many of them will see it coming.

Millions lose jobs unexpectedly. Happens all the time.

Money markets shrink—or collapse—wiping out people’s life savings.

Tsunamis strike out of nowhere.

Countless husbands and boyfriends will cheat on their partners today.

Not to be outdone, wives and girlfriends will do the same.

People who matter to someone will disappear.

Some of those will be children.

Other people will get unwelcome medical diagnoses.

Families will break.

Lives will crumble.

But It’s Not All Bad

Others will win the lottery today.

Or get asked out by someone who excites them.

Happy couples will learn they’re going to have their first baby.

Proud parents will hear news of their child doing something great.

Someone will have an opportunity to save a life.

Someone’s life will be saved.

Another’s disease will be cured.

People will be reunited with loved ones.

Families will come together.

Lives will be enriched.

Must Stay Mindful

My heart could stop beating before I finish typing this sentence.

A jet could fall out of the sky and land directly above where I’m sitting, killing me instantly.

My commute home could end without me arriving at my destination.

Today could be the day I get another phone call about someone I love dying.

A friend could move away—someone I haven’t worked very hard to see or talk to because I’ve been so self-centered for the past six months.

My friends’ marriages could be falling apart.

My grandmother could have a stroke and not recognize any of her 18 grandchildren anymore.

Nuclear war could erupt over the weekend.

An EMP attack could make this the last thing you ever read. The last thing I ever publish here.

I do not mean to come off dour, morbid, depressing, or like Chicken Little.

The sky is not falling.

Uncertainty is simply part of our all-inclusive stay on planet Earth. I choose to focus on the good while being mindful of the possibilities.

Please Take Action. Not Later. Now.

Because we all have someone who should hear from us today.

Maybe it’s your wife or husband.

Maybe it’s your mother or father.

Maybe it’s your child.

Maybe it’s a friend who could really use a phone call.

Maybe it’s an opportunity to grow professionally and help secure your financial future with unequal effort at work.

Smile at people.

Tell those who matter that they matter.

I’m serious.

Right now. Pick up your phone. Send five texts to five people. Make sure one is the person who deserves your love the most. Your husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, son, daughter, brother, sister, whoever.

It doesn’t have to be long.

“I love you. And I can’t wait to spend the weekend with you.”

“I’m so proud of you. I hope you know how much you’re loved, son/daughter.”

“I’m sorry I don’t call more, Mom. I’ll pick up the phone after work and check on you. Love you!”

“Hey. Got the Facebook reminder that today’s your birthday. Really miss you. I’m sorry life is so busy. Can we get together this week so I can buy you dinner and play some catch up?”

“I know you’re going through a hard time. If there’s anything I can do to help, please let me know. Your courage inspires me every day. Thank you for leading by example.”

There are a lot of things you can say.

There are a lot of things you should say.

So your partner knows he/she is top of mind. That you value and appreciate them above all else.

So your children know they are the reason you live and breathe.

So your parents know how much you appreciate the sacrifices they made for you.

So your friends know how valuable they are.

Tell people who matter that they matter.

Pretty please.

And be kind to strangers.

Because those people matter to someone, too.

I love you all.

And I don’t take you for granted.

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18 thoughts on “Take Nothing for Granted

  1. Excellent post. Have a wonderful weekend. Ivan

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  2. OHkls says:

    Hey Matt , love the post and love the new picture. Have a great weekend :)

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  3. knace says:

    Good advice and as always, well said. I appreciate you and your wonderful blog!

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  4. traveshamockery says:

    I sent my messages. I received bad news, great news, and thank yews. And I think we all feel a little better. Thanks for the nudge.

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  5. Thank you! This is just what I needed to read tonight. I’d say I love you too, but that might be awkward :D.

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    • Matt says:

      I’d know what you mean! Thank you for reading and for this note.

      People are amazing. Not the ones we hear about in the news. Not the ones who suck at driving.

      But everyone who lifts us up. Everyone part of our life stories.

      And we go days, weeks, months without talking to many of them. Three minutes a day sending five texts could be the difference between broken friendships and flourishing relationships.

      I hope I can make it part of my daily routine. Really not that hard.

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  12. JujyCakes says:

    Lovely advice. i wish you could tell my daughter these things.

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