A 64-year-old man went into cardiac arrest and died yesterday while he was competing in a NYC triathlon, days away from celebrating his 42nd wedding anniversary and his daughter’s wedding. A 40-year-old women also died of a heart attack during the swimming segment of the event.
Twenty-two Navy Seals, who belonged to the same covert unit that killed Osama bin Laden, were killed this weekend in Afghanistan when their helicopter was shot down.
We’re constantly reminded about the fragility of our lives. There is really no telling what will happen tomorrow. The things we have to “protect” us really are our faith, hope, love and good will towards (wo)men.
I was feeling overwhelmed today, when my son reminded me of the incident in Afghanistan to put my feelings in perspective. Then my wonderful FOFriend, Elline, called to tell me that I can always call on her if I need help with anything. And another FOFriend, Lisa, sent me a heartwarming email after I told her how elegant and beautiful she looked in recent photos.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it over and over again: We must try not to lose sight of the important things in life. We must relish every moment we have, the people we adore and the gifts we’re given. My heart goes out to the families of the athletes and the brave young men who died. I hope that they can take solace in the fact that their loved ones were doing what they loved.