Have you ever had one of those events in your life that stops you dead in your tracks and changes either your perspective or direction for the future? Skiing full speed in to a tree was one of those moments in my life. I was skiing with my family when one of my sons suddenly called out, “Mom”. Everything would have been fine if I’d remembered to stop skiing before turning around to check on him. You guessed it … I hit the tree head on! When I regained consciousness, I was staring up at the ski patrol. My skis were on the ground behind me and my helmet was shattered. Amazingly I didn’t have any broken bones. My back hurt and I had a massive headache that lasted for several days but I was lucky. There’s no question that without my ski helmet, I wouldn’t have survived the accident.
In 1988, my dad was killed in a car accident while he was overseas on business. One day he was here and the next day he was gone. My dear friend Michael was told less than 2 months ago that he had Lymphoma. He died last Sunday. Of course, as I’m writing this blog post on September 11th, I’m reminded of the thousands of innocent people who lost their lives in the World Trade Center and other related terrorist attacks.
All of the above serves as a reminder that every day is precious and we can’t take anything for granted. Family, friends and good health are really the only things that matter.
In many ways, September is the start of the new year especially for families with children in school. Jews celebrate the New Year (Happy Rosh Hashanah) at this time of year too. Wishing you and your families good health and happiness this year and always!