I had a different post planned for this weekend.

I’m not really sure what I want to say right now but I just feel like I have to get this out there.  I am regretting something. And I don’t want anyone else to feel this way so I am going to give a mini-lecture.

Do what you say you are going to do, people. If you say you are going to get together with someone. DO IT.

Because I didn’t and it is a little too late.

I’m not going to go into it but just to give you a bit of background on my lecture… I lost a girlfriend the other day. She was killed in a terrible accident. A freak accident. So freak that I never even looked into it. And then I found out on the Internet.

Not a good place to find something like that out.

In any event, I’ve known her for years. Our kids went to daycare together and played together. We joked that one day they would get married. 🙂 She was fabulous. Her family was fabulous.

I’d seen her a lot in the past couple of months… just by accident. (At an event, on the street, here and there and lastly in the grocery store.) We kept talking about how much we wanted to get together and oh how time flies and how busy everyone is.  And we never did get together. And now she is gone.

And I am feeling quite bad about that.

So I was thinking about the whole tragedy of a woman being taken from her family so young and the meaning of it all when it occurred to me that  I had to find something to hang on to that was positive. (Besides her wonderful memory.) I had to find something other than regret.

And what I found was a lesson. In this world, yes, we are all very, very busy. No news flash there. But I want to encourage you all to stop and find the time for the people that you love. Call your friend. Schedule the lunch and ACTUALLY GO.

FIND THE TIME.

Friends are precious gifts. And time is fleeting.

Sorry about the lecture. I’m sure you understand.

UPDATE:  I have received such an overwhelming response from friends here, on email, Twitter and Facebook on this article.  Thank you so much! Yes, I agree. It is a good reminder for all of us. Please feel free to link to this article if you think it will help your readers remember what is important in their life.  Again, thank you for the kind words and encouragement!