Tragedy reminds us of the important things in life

In the past, I’ve spoken highly of staying late at the office, meticulously planning your diet, and ensuring you’re getting in your required exercise. Though these are all things we should keep up with the majority of the time, I recently began to think otherwise. Are they really that important in the grand scheme of things?

Tragedy struck Boston recently with the bombings that took place at the annual Boston Marathon. The events that played out emotionally impacted many Americans. Because running has played such a huge role in developing the person I have become, this made the news that much tougher for me to swallow.

When I first heard of the tragedy, I was driving to an off-site work event for the week. I immediately thought of the numerous close friends that I knew who were either running or watching the marathon in Boston.

I pulled off the road at the first exit ramp I came across, made some calls, and sent some texts. When I got little response, the dreaded “what if” thoughts began crossing my mind. Eventually, through social networking and responses to my desperate outreach, I was able to verify all my friends had escaped unharmed, or at least physically unharmed.

After hearing that good news, I immediately began to seek answers to the questions running through my mind: Who would do such a thing? Why? Is there more to come? The one question that seemed to keep coming back to me was, “What if my family, friends, or I was one of the unfortunate casualties?”

Unfortunately, sometimes it takes a tragedy like the Boston Marathon bombing to remind us what truly is important in life. We get so caught up in things like our work and maintaining a tidy home that we often forget about the things that really matter to us.

Today, I challenge you to go out of your way to spend time with your loved ones or do whatever it is that you care most about. Working late at the office or sweeping the floors at home can wait another day.

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