Saturday morning I was woken up by one of my best friends. She shared with me that one of our own Camden family members, Summer, was in a tragic airplane crash with her husband Jim on Friday. When she spoke those words, I had never felt so many goose bumps that ran from the top of my head to the end of my toes. Just like that, Summer was gone. I thought to myself, I had just liked a photo she had posted on Instagram just minutes from her death? How can this happen? Summer was a former boss of mine for a very short time but over the years we worked on projects together and I would see her during my Mentor training’s and of-course our annual Conferences. She built a brand new marketing team over the last few years and left this world touching the lives of many of these team members.
The last time I got to see Summer was late May at our President’s house where Keith and Sandy opened their home for a dinner for our newest Camden mentors. We mingled and enjoyed great company with lots of laughs with our Camden family from all over the U.S. A few weeks before I was in Houston for our our annual Management Conference. I will hold on to a cherished conversation she and I had together during the evening event where the Camden Birds performed. We thanked each other for various reasons and things we helped each other on for our work. It was the first time Summer and I connected this way. I was searching for any kind of peace I could hold on to after hearing such devastating news this weekend and I realized it must have been God’s plan for us to connect like this that evening. She will be missed by so many.
The saying, “Live in the Moment” holds so much truth. Say I love you often. Tell your best friend how much you cherish your friendship. Tell your family how thankful you are to have them in your life, forgive those that make you angry and move on, compliment a complete stranger, I could go on and on but the message here is live in the moment. I remind myself of this when I look at my beautiful boys and husband. It’s good to be a visionary but don’t let it take away the present time either. That’s when the cherished moments happen. The moments you talk about years later when you share these experiences. Enjoy a Sunday afternoon in the pool with your family and turn off the ciaos our world may be in or what might start up next week with therapies and sports, etc.
Grief opens a place in our hearts that we never knew could hurt so profoundly but it also opens this same place to a love we never imagined possible. Tell someone how much they mean to you today. Live in the moment when you get home from work today. Turn off the news, have a family dinner and share a high and low of your day.
You never know what the next minute could bring.