If I told you that in sixteen days you were going to die, unless you took my advice, I assume you would be anxious to hear what I had to say next.
Such dire and specific circumstances are unlikely, but it's common that someone in your inner circle has a story to tell that could save your life, or drastically add value to your present reality.
I know someone who was recently involved in a pretty severe auto accident. Both cars were totaled in a t-bone collision, and the driver telling me this story knew she would have easily been killed without her seat belt.
Sixteen days later, her mother was involved in a nearly identical accident. Prior to her accident, her mom rarely wore a seat belt. It would have meant her certain death in this scenario.
There are life-changing experiences swarming around us every day, and part of the reason I started this blog is to hold myself accountable to listen.
There is purpose in the pain.
We are not only called to embrace each other in the low points but to add value to the experience by gleaning the truth or heeding the caution. Terrible situations have elements of redemption when we are receptive to learning.
Simple changes can lead to huge results.
Minuscule differences can profoundly shape our future and who we are. This isn't a public service announcement to put on your seat belt, but the point remains: we have the power to make small decisions every moment that ripple into eternity.
Life is sweeter when we pay attention.
I don't listen to music with ear muffs on. I don't watch high definition movies with dark sunglasses on. How much more valuable are our lives, that we would ignore the epic sagas happening around us?
Don't miss out on the richness around you. It could cost you your life.