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Sunday, December 5, 2010

~Only for a Limited Time~

It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up -- that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


Driving to the city this past Friday....
I missed being hit by a trailer which unhitched from a truck, by a few mere seconds.

As I watched the trailer in my mirror, flipping at least 3 times while debris flew in every direction, 100 thoughts  raced through my head.
One of them being,  "What had I done in my day to delay my travel by those few seconds?"

How our lives can change within those seconds is astounding to me. 
Even if you're doing it all right, your next breath is not guaranteed.

I've done posts on this before, but this weekend renewed the thought in me.

I'm thankful I got to see this day.
Hug my kids.
See the blue.

I keep seeing that trailer in my mind~ 
as it was when I passed it, and its condition seconds later.
(Thankfully the driver was not seriously hurt.)

Why did I miss it?
I have no idea.
All I know is I was given another day to live my normal life.
For that I am thankful.

Wishing you a NEW Wonderful Week.


Farm Girl said...

Oh my gosh, that just gave me chills and then I just wanted to sit and cry. I am so glad you as well as the driver was okay. I bet you feel so different, like you do have another day and like your quote says at the top. I am so thankful God didn't take you home and you get to raise your kids. I wish you a wonderful new week. I am praising God for your miracle. :)

Hilary said...

Oh geesh.. I'm so glad nothing serious happened and that you're here to tell this tale.

Tiggeriffic said...

Yes, you are right, we don't know when our last day will be.. but I try hard to live everyday like it's to be my last day..
So glad you were not hurt.. Something like this would certainly make your mind twirl.. and then Thank God when it was over.
ta ta for now...from Iowa

GardenOfDaisies said...

OH my gosh, I'm so glad you missed that accident!! And the driver of the other vehicle was not killed. We just have to live each day, each minute the best we can.

Discovery Street said...

so glad you're ok...i think it's moments like these that God is reminding us of perspective.

Jimmy said...

It's amazing how a mere few seconds one way or the other can change your life forever, I am so proud you were able to be a witness rather than involved.

Beautiful pictures by the way :)

floweringmama said...

Oh my gosh, that is unreal. I'm so glad you're ok. Things happen for a reason and you were given a chance for a reason.

Hope said...

it is shocking! It's happened to me before and like you, think about what did I do to leave at the time i did.
I was just about in a head on once. I was ready to steer into the ditch if the other vehicle didn't get out of my lane and just as i landed on the brakes i saw him sit up and steer back into his lane. Now, what made him realize he was in my lane at that moment? i don't know. Thank God he did and thank God you missed that one!

glad your are safe!

Jane said...

Hi Dawn, thanks for the sweet comment on my blog. I love your blog too! These are beautiful photos. We were in a very serious roll over accident three years ago when our oldest was just one. We were travelling on a highway and someone going 110 miles an hour rammed right into the back of us. We rolled three times, and spun into the other lane of traffic, and ended upside down on the other side of the highway. Thankfully we were all okay, but I just remember that night lying in bed next to my husband and baby (we were stuck in a motel because our car was ruined) and feeling more than I had ever felt before, that the most important thing in my life were the two people next to me. I said a huge prayer of thanks for letting me live and share my life with them for another day.
Sorry for such a long comment, but this post just brought back the powerful memory of that moment!

Unknown said...

A great post Dawn.
I am glad you were not hit.
Have a great week.

Allison said...

I am also glad you were given another day! Can you imagine?

"It's a dangerous business going out your front door" (Tolkein). I've been watching Lord of the Rings again (the extended version) and this is one of my favorite quotes. I guess you've just proved it! So many travels... and most times we make it back home. I have wondered why. For the past two years I've been visiting Chicago twice a year. Every time I leave my kids behind with my husband I wonder how I could possibly make it back across the ocean in an airliner made of tin without crashing! But I do get back... why is that? Some would say angels, some would say fate.

I say... I'm so glad you're alright. Thank God.

Anonymous said...

Because we don't know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well, yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that's so deeply a part of your being that you can't even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more, perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.

The Sheltering Sky a novel by Paul Bowles

Anonymous said...

Hi Sweetie--
First, THANK YOU for my beautiful gift. Going to keep the notebook in my purse so I can write my thoughts as they occur. I am actually a writer without a notebook in her peurse.It was a wonderful treat to find in my mailbox Saturday!!

Now your post.. Why? Because you were given one more day to keep getting it right. We all need reminders of our purpose here on earth. Praises to the universe no one was seriously injured. YOu are on a wonderful journey which will show you much beauty in the years ahead. Remember I told you that..
Have a simply beautiful Monday!!!!!

Jayne said...

Oh my, that's so frightening. A good reminder to breathe in each day and give thanks.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Thank goodness you're alright. How scary, yet it inspired a beautiful post. I'll keep this thought in mind as I go about my day.

TexWisGirl said...

I love the line "All I know is I was given another day to live my normal life." That is such a gift in itself, and it is SO easy to take for granted...

When I used to sit in traffic jams because of accidents up ahead, I always thanked God that I was behind it and not in it. I'm glad for your few seconds delay...

Out on the prairie said...

Many of us take what we have all for granted, never realizing how fragile of an existence we maintain.I am glad you are a survivor as well as all involved.

Leah J. Utas said...

Dawn, no matter what kind of a day we have, we have the day. Glad you're all right.

Lynette Jacobs said...

The Lord had His hand of protection over you and for that I am truly thankful. These incidents do make one think about the meaning of life...and you realize that we don't spend enough time just enjoying life to the full.


Anonymous said...

Dawn I am sitting feeling so thankful that you were spared...truly!
what an experience!
grateful for whatever moments happpened that made you be in the right place at the right time
thank God!

love and light

Rambling said...

Glad you are OK.

Alli said...

Wow, I'm glad you're alright. That's definitely something to think about. I wonder a lot about how just a few seconds can make a huge impact on our day. It's incredible.

Anonymous said...

Hate winter especially snow, but these are awesome winter photos.

Can you please refollow my blog, I had to delete my followers list because it was not working and there was no way around it..

maryelizabethroche said...

Every so often we get these reminders, and we're reminded to be thankful!
I'm glad you're fine!!
I just found your blog, and I'm enjoying it!!


Barbie said...

I am THANKFUL that you are okay. It's amazing how life has a way on holding you back or speeding you up to avert such catastrophes.

Gerreke said...

Oh Dawn what a beautiful words en unbelevable pictures!

God is good!

Have a nice week too!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

I crave a blue sky, right now, sweet Dawn. Beautiful! The white against the blue. Another lovely post. Your night photo in your previous post is amazing.
I hope your week is off to a great start. Our snow is melting and it's not that cold anymore for a short while.

chloë. said...

Thank you Jesus for giving you another day. Oh how silly things that frustrate us are in the grand scheme of things. So grateful that you are okay.

this free bird said...

Dawn I'm so glad you are okay! God is always watching us and we never know what His plans are for us. Carry on girl!!


Nancy C said...

I've had a few close calls like that as well. And no, my life didn't flash before my eyes -- but you do think about it afterwards what could have happened.

People die everyday in situations they never imagined -- but we never think it will be us or someone we love. Thanks for the great quote and reminder about how fragile life is. :)

Paul C said...

What a visceral experience you relate. It's frightening to think about our mortality through episodes like this. You're right: a pivotal reaction is thankfulness.

Jo said...

My mom always taught me to not get irritated with slow drivers in front of me. She said they may be God's way of keeping me safe. I believe that. I work at a auto body shop and see wrecks every day. How many times I have seen situations where mere fractions of seconds could have made the difference between life and death.

Life is but a vapor. And we are not in control of it. Thank GOD. ;)

carmilevy said...

Fate works in incredible ways, and she determined that on this day, at this moment, it wasn't your time.

I remember thinking similar thoughts years ago when, as a teenager, I brushed glass off of myself and crawled out of my mother's wrecked car. My sister had lost control on the highway and put it through two walls before we came to a rest on the centre lane. The police officers who responded said they didn't expect anyone to survive the accident, let alone walk away from it.

Fate dictated another path for us, I guess. I'm glad she reached the same conclusion with you, as you still clearly have so many more stories to tell.

Unknown said...

Oh my gosh, I'm so glad you are alright. I'm pretty sure, God thinks you still need to be here and I'm glad too, because I would sure miss you if you weren't. I'm thankful for you dear friend.

Jordanna said...

Oh my goodness. I'm so glad you're ok. How scary. I guess the Lord still has plans for you :). Glad the other driver is ok too. I love how you remind me via your blog to embrace each day and take joy in the moment. :)

By the way... I received a super sweet and special package from you today. THANK YOU!! I love the little journal, and the ornament is going on my tree tonight. And the penny and candy was so creative :). Thank you! I will pay it forward!

darlin said...

Thankfully you were that few seconds away from this accident. I believe that everything in life has purpose and transpires for a reason, sometimes we find out rather quickly what the purpose was and sometimes we have to wait for an answer but it always comes.

What you blogged about reminds me of the saying which I try to embrace, "Live like you were dying."

Stay safe!

Deb said...

when things like that happpen it gives you a new outlook on life...so happy you are okay

Carole Barkett said...

I've had a few similar incidents and now I don't grumble when something delays me. The photos are making me homesick :O)

Rick said...

Great thought-provoking post Dawn - God needs you on earth more than in heaven, so everything worked out. We're all just that one breath or heartbeat away from eternity - this is a great reminder of seeing each day as precious.

sassyshoediary said...

Whoa! Glad you're OK! I think about that sometimes. Like when I miss a light and am annoyed - I think "It's OK because maybe you were meant to miss that light because you never know what a difference a couple of minutes can make."