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A Cold and Empty Wind
1/18/2006 3:30:46 PM
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Today was your typical Indiana winter day... However, what makes this day unusual: the past several days have been in the 50's and near 60 degrees. Such beautiful days!
Yesterday, the temp was 50 degrees at 6:30 in the morning only to tumble and deliver rain turning to sleet turning to snow last night.
The interstate was nothing more than a congested sheet of ice. So many slide offs, so many wrecks. Some people who'll never see their destinations, never clock in at work nor hug their loved ones after a hard day...
And as if this morning's numerous tragedies were nothing more than a fairytale...the temperatures are returning to the middle 50's tomorrow...
It's hard to make sense of it, I guess. True, people will talk of global warming, others will talk about the "end of days" and others will have conspiracy theories on why nature is acting the way it is.
I have no theories nor explanations.
It does remind me of life though...of the simple human condition.
We can swing from one extreme to the next without warning. We can be delivered grief or joy within hours of one another. We can be broken by things that are invisible to ourselves. A heart that was once so warm and carefree can suddenly become cold and dark. Days that felt as though they'd last forever can succumb to the darkest and longest nights.
This cold snap reminded me that I need to live. You never know what will happen from one day to the next. I know that line is cliche and so dreadfully, dreadfully overused. But, how many of us truly live by that creed? I'm sure that we all neglect something or someone at some point in our lives that we'd regret if something were to happen.
So, if this touched you in any way, I hope that you give that someone special an extra hug just because and tell your loved ones and friends that you appreciate them. Call them out of the blue, mail them an actual hand written letter or stop by to visit them.
At this time of year when we are depressed, it is always great to no that someone does care.
I know of a man whom died on his way to work nearly 2 years ago. Slid on black ice...never saw it coming. It was a shock to everyone. Don't leave someone out of your life.
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