Putting my phone on The Universal Playlist yesterday, I heard the song No Time To Kill by Clint Black. The following line really struck me.
“The highest cost of livin’s dyin’, that’s one everybody pays
So have it spent before you get the bill, there’s no time to kill”
No truer words were ever spoken. Especially as we remember 9/11.
For Baby Boomers like me, there are certain moments when you remember exactly where you were when a tragic event occurred. Since I was only 4 years old, I vaguely remember the Kennedy Assassination. However, I do remember my mother was so upset by it, she went into labor with my baby brother two days later.
Then came John Lennon’s murder and the Reagan Assassination attempt. This was followed by the Challenger Disaster, then finally, 9/11. I was in a training class in Troy, Michigan. After the second plane hit the World Trade Center, our class was canceled and I returned home to my wife. She’s a government employee, who happened to have the day off.
Life can be pretty dangerous these days. Knuckleheads texting and driving, street crime, drunk drivers, terrorism, and just random acts of crazy going on in this world. That said, please take some time to hold your loved ones close tomorrow. Give them a hug and tell them you love them. Not just on 9/11, but often. You never know if it will be the last time you’ll see them this side of Heaven.
This article is dedicated to all of the First Responders who lost their lives on 9/11, as well as the family members and friends they left behind.
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