Now, for the bad news. We found out Tuesday afternoon that Clydie's youngest son, Jimmy, passed away the night before from a heart attack - he was 46. Clydie and Brian found out while I was on the way home from work, and I walked into a house full of utter sadness and grief. I'm not going to go into details, but I have to say, everyone in our household was devastated by the loss, for one reason or another.
There are a couple of messages I want to share in reference to this loss:
- I'm listing the most important message of all first - always tell those that you love that you love them. Don't hold back, as we are not promised tomorrow. Even if you're mad at them, even if you're not speaking to them, find a way to express your feelings to them that you do in fact love them. Make sure that they know you love them in spite of your differences. Guilt can eat you up if something happens and you don't get the chance to tell them you love them.
- Do what you can to mend fences with those that you care about. Some things are really hard to get over and forgive, but you do it for YOU, not the person you are forgiving. Death can take someone suddenly and if you don't have a chance to make peace, it can be hard on those left behind.
- Take your health seriously. If a physician tells you to make lifestyle changes (eating habits, exercise, smoking cessation, etc.) - please follow their advice! I know sometimes things are just meant to be and it's "in the genes", but if you can do anything that will improve your health, please do it. It could mean the difference between a long life or an early death. (I don't mean to sound insensitive with this last one, please I hope no one thinks that)