Our Last Tomorrow

 

I’m not sure if it’s that my fifties are closer than my thirties…

or the recent loss of a former student…

or some other factor I am unable to identify.

I’m finding myself more intent on developing relationships in my life.

I know we should work on them all the time, but let’s be honest.

We usually take them for granted, right?

I’ll think of an old friend and a  special moment or memory we’d shared…

smile or laugh, glance at a photo then put that memory back in the recesses of my mind without putting forth the effort to connect with her.

We’re so busy. We have so much to do.

There’s always tomorrow, right?

Not true, my friend, not true.

Sometimes, today is our last tomorrow.

 

Let’s be honest, some relationships change or disintegrate for a purpose.

Maybe they were unhealthy.

Maybe we moved onto different paths and the old things that bound us no longer exist.

I don’t know the answer.

It’s a complicated question for a different day.

 

I want to improve the relationships that are STILL in my life.

I want the people I love to truly know how much I care for and about them.

I don’t want them to know this by my words, but by my actions.

Anyone can toss the words, “I love you” around, but SHOWING that love is a completely different thing.

 

Showing the love we feel takes work.

Showing the love we feel takes sacrifice.

 

That’s what I want to do.

That’s what I NEED to do.

I don’t want to leave this world for the next without the people in my life knowing, without a shadow of a doubt, how much they meant to me.

 

I’m not exactly sure how that love is “shown” to the different people in my life, but I’m going to work hard to figure it out.

 

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6 Comments

  • ARH March 13, 2018 at 8:46 pm Reply

    You’re not alone with this. I think it’s just something that we all eventually realize to be an important thing to do.

    • AlyndaLong March 13, 2018 at 8:49 pm Reply

      Thank you! I agree. At some point in our lives, we stop and assess where we are spending our resources. Relationships have always been important to me, but I’m guilty of letting the busy-ness of life sweep me along without truly investing in people who are important. I think anything loss rears its ugly head, there’s an opportunity for introspection.

  • Dana Davis March 14, 2018 at 5:05 pm Reply

    As I approach my seventies (yikes), I don’t take the important relationships for granted…anymore. I just recently experienced the loss of a long time friend who is merely a year older than I. She was full of life, had just gotten home from a cruise, and was planning a trip to Japan with her son next month. She died in her sleep. I’m so grateful I called her on her birthday in January. It was our “last tomorrow.”

    • AlyndaLong March 14, 2018 at 7:27 pm Reply

      Dana, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. It sounds like she soaked up life every day. I’m so glad you had your last tomorrow with her, but pray you have eternity with her as well.

  • Moon March 23, 2018 at 3:23 pm Reply

    We learn the lessons of life after we lose the opportunity… maybe we should grasp life and people in our life with both our hands and cherish them as if we are going to part tomorrow…

    • AlyndaLong March 23, 2018 at 8:22 pm Reply

      I agree! If we approach each day as it is our last, how well can we love the ones in our lives?

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