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As the holiday season approaches I think more and more people are on edge. Even the little things can set people off. So I was walking out of a store yesterday when a woman texting on her phone literally walked into me. She didn’t have a care in the world and looked up and glared at me. Of course my response was, “Perhaps you should wait to get to your destination before texting.” She turned around and said, “You saw me coming why didn’t you move?” Umm excuse me? When did 40 year olds become as entitled as the generation that they are breeding? I could have said more to the lady but didn’t and walked out. But of course it got me thinking. How obsessed are we with the message coming in, the video we’re watching, the email we need to respond to, that we don’t take notice of the human being walking right in front of us? How often are we using that push of the like button instead of human interaction?
A ten year old passed away a few days ago in our city. I didn’t know the family but heard about the accident both on social media and the news. She was in an SUV with her mother when their car was hit by a man in his 20s who was driving the other SUV. His car crossed over to the other side of the road and he was later charged with distracted driving. Now that man needs to live the rest of his life knowing what he did and that mother needs to live the rest of her life knowing there was nothing she could do to save her little girl. Life can change in an instant. Stop at that yellow light as opposed to trying to beat it before it turns red. Make sure to tell your loved ones that you love them. Live each day to the fullest. Remember that this isn’t a dress rehearsal, you only get one chance…make it count!