Last weekend we heard of the unexpected hospitalization of a friend. This weekend we heard about the passing of two men relatively young in age. I say relatively because both were nowhere near the age we associate with death, one was 41 while the other was 57. Both died of apparent heart attacks. Both were active and appeared healthy. Their deaths were a shock to all concerned.

Some of us who are much older think of the privilege we have enjoyed in being with our families for the years we have been given. But my wife brought up an interesting question or statement. She said, “I wonder what the clock says as it relates to our lives?” Is it showing 11.30 pm or perhaps five minutes to midnight? We don’t know and we will never know until the clock strikes twelve. Maybe it is better that we don’t know.

Without morbidity we have to face the issue that none of us know what tomorrow holds for us. The lesson is that we must live in the NOW! I am sure you have heard this before but it is true, yesterday has gone, tomorrow never comes, we only have today. So use it we must. It is the only time we are given. Someone has said that life is a gift, that is why it is called the “present!” Maybe a play on words but it carries some truth.

So make the most of the moment. Express your genuine love to your family and to others whom you care for. Be sensitive to others and their situations. Show that you care. Take every opportunity to be kind to friends and to strangers. Value friendships. Put effort into maintaining friendships. Do important things now while you have the time. Live so that you leave a positive legacy. Live now the way you want to be remembered. We must live in the moment. We must live in the NOW because that is all we have!