Each Day a Blessing

This month marks eight years since a pivotal event in my life.  I was 36 years old, I had a wonderful wife and four young children. the youngest was just a few months old.  I got up and went work just like normal that morning.  The same as so many other days before.  But this day proved different.  What I didn't know was that I had developed a blood clot in my leg and that by noon that blood clot was going to break loose and move through my heart and into my lungs.  A pulmonary embolism.  I passed out in the parking lot on the way to lunch.  The doctors said I should have died.  Instead I spent several days in the ICU and over a week in the hospital.  To this day I feel very lucky - very blessed.Unfortunately for some families that I have worked with over the years that reprieve did not come.  The unthinkable happened.  We all probably know someone or know of someone where death came too soon and sometimes without warning.  I now know first hand the fragile nature of life.  So as I celebrate another anniversary of the great gift of life, I would encourage you to think twice before squandering any day.  We just don't know how long we are going to be given.  So drink deeply and don't waste a moment.