In the blink of an eye, life can change.
Most days, we give little regard as to how instantaneously this shift can happen. We go about our daily routines. Going to work & making plans. We grumble about traffic & taxes, politics & weather. We worry about managing our schedules, getting to appointments, finding time to clean the house & getting to the grocery store.
Balancing life & the stresses we deem to be important, the best way we can.
Until tragedy strikes.
Life comes to a complete & utter halt. The simple act of breathing appears to be an unattainable feat.
I presume tragedy does this to you. I presume it smacks you up the side of the head & sucks the wind right out of you.
Tragedy struck this week, for a family very near & dear to my heart. This is not the first time for this family. They have had more than their fair share of heartache & loss.
My heart absolutely breaks for them & I can’t begin to wrap my head around how you cope with such loss.
How does one learn how to breathe again when faced with such tragedy? To awaken without feeling a sense of dread in facing the day in front in you? To remember your child with a light heart instead of pleading as to why you could not trade places with them?
I have no answers to any of these questions. I’m not sure anyone does.
I can only hope, that in knowing those of us who are still here, making some feeble attempt of surrounding them with our love, sharing in their utter heartache & grief, can in some small way, provide a small moment of comfort. Even if just for second. Until they learn how to breathe again.