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Posted: August 28, 2011 12:30 a.m.

Rowe: Something worth repeating

"Life is too short to wake up with regrets.

Love the people who treat you right.

Pray for the ones who don't.

Believe everything happens for a reason.

If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands.

If it changes your life, let it.

God never said life would be easy. He just promised it would be worth it."

I had not intended to write another sappy column or get on my soapbox again, but I have something to say that bears repeating so hang in there. Initially, I was going to write about my lovely little hometown and some of the quirkiness that comes along with it, and then I was going to chime in with a few comments about Kari Apted's recent columns. Kari has done an outstanding job addressing something that many need to hear and I pray it doesn't go unnoticed.

Writers don't just throw a few words together to take up space in a paper hoping to entertain readers. Oftentimes what we write about comes from a place deep within and we are very passionate about it, and our intention is not only to reach people, but, hopefully, to make an impact on people through our words. That is the reason behind my column this week, so if it ruffles your feathers then I've done what I set out to. There are some things that can't be said often enough and that is what this column is about.

It seems we're reminded every day just how short life is yet we don't always take it for what it's worth. Earthquakes, flooding, droughts, wildfires, accidents, sickness and deaths are not just things that happen. If you know your Bible, there is no question that these things were planned even before there was life on Earth. More importantly, I believe these things happen in God's perfect timing to get our attention.

Have you ever wondered what God might say if he were here in the same presence as we are? God is patient, caring, compassionate, loving and has to have a very sensitive heart to love us so much, but I am sure he sometimes gets aggravated and frustrated when we get so caught up in ourselves and our everyday routines and fail to notice when he is trying to get our attention. God's presence is not always clear and profound and sometimes he must feel he has to take drastic measures to get our attention and sometimes those things hit close to home.

Sometimes, even though it seems unfair, it takes losing someone for God to get our attention and give us a wakeup call. Losing someone is never easy, but it's a reminder that we should live each day like it's our last and take the time to tell people you love them. My family is very close and we don't get together often enough, but when we do it always ends with a hug and an "I love you."

Just a few months ago we lost our beloved Uncle Bob and earlier this week said goodbye to my cousin Ricky. There aren't many good men like Uncle Bob and Ricky anymore, and if you knew them you were truly blessed. They were the kind of person who knew what was most important in this life and made time to put God, family and friends first. You could count on them for anything - they were always there when you needed them and would do anything for you, many times without being asked to. When they gave you their word it meant something and you could count on it. They always had a smile on their face and no matter what was going on with them they never let it show and never complained or had anything bad to say. I recall many times they were just there because they wanted to be and didn't need a special reason and you always knew you were special to them. That is what they will be remembered most for: leading by example, so that one person at a time, we can all make the world a little better place.

Our lives will not be the same without them but a little piece of them will live on the hearts of those they touched. They made a difference, made an impact on others and did what they were put here on this earth to do. I see a little bit of them in my husband, son, brothers and nephews, and it makes me proud and I know they would be too.

Some things are worth repeating: Life is too short to live your life with regrets. Don't hold grudges because there's not one that's worth losing someone for. You may have a lot of ‘things' in life but you can never have enough love. There is nothing more important than the love of family and friends. Take the time to let everyone in your life know you love them because there may not be a tomorrow.

I also want to wish three very special people in my life, my husband Jimmy, my cousin Janice and my brother Barry all a very happy birthday this week. I love each of you so very much and I am proud to say we're family!

Beth Rowe may be reached at opieorowe@att.net.

 

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