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No Matter Our Best Laid Plans; Whether Young, Healthy, yet Reckless or Older, Fit & Wise, We Aren't Promised Tomorrow

Politics aside, there is much more to me. I am passionate about many things and those are the things which sustain me.

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Tomorrow is full of such mystery

Five days before Christmas, sadly and very unexpectedly, my Aunt, my Dad’s baby sister, passed away.
She wasn’t elderly, she wasn’t sick, she wasn't frail.

She wasn’t battling any disease, but suddenly and without warning, she fell victim to an unknown, a mysterious, life ending, blood clot.

Her children and grandchildren had no way of knowing that this past Christmas would be their first Christmas, without her!

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I recently spoke with a childhood friend.

She was asking for and counting on prayers and for a miracle to take place in her life, because doctors do not have the capabilities to help her and medicine does not have the capacity to cure her!

She was at the mercy of God and time was not on her side for the first time that she could ever recall.

It was an unknown, as to how much time she had left.

Two women that have been a part of my life; one not anticipating death‘s visit, once she called it a day, most likely with plans already made for the following day, retired to her bed for the night, never to awaken again, on this earth.

The other, battling sickness for much, much too long.

Asking questions, seeking answers, hoping and praying for a healing, while being told, there is no cure and that there aren’t any answers to her probing questions.

We have no way of knowing, what tomorrow holds in store for us - if there is a tomorrow!

We do not know how many tomorrows we have, whether our next breath will be our final or what next week looks like

If tomorrow in itself is full of such mystery, that leaves so many unknowns for each and every new year which we enter into, does it not?

No to resolutions

I am not a resolutions type person. I don't do them on my birthday or with the New Year, but I do set goals, at times, not always.

Nothing too crazy, nothing set in stone, just a few attainable goals.

At the very least, I‘ll start out with the right attitude in order to have my good intentions get started on the right foot.

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As I go forward with the right attitude and my good intentions...the very best of intentions, I've always had a plan, which consists of different avenues, a sure-fire way to guarantee no disappointments for me!

These day, they aren't in place strictly for the prevention of my disappointment, but rather with absolute, focused intention:

Intention to reconnect with those I’ve lost touch with:

To mend what needs mending

To be there for those who need me to be

To focus on those things which really matter

Most importantly, to never let a day come to a start or to an end, without thanking God for it!

I want those whom I love dearly to know it, not assume it and when my tomorrow never comes, they’ll know, without a doubt, that they were once loved very much, by me!

Making time

I will always have great memories of my Aunt Kathy. She was only six years older than me, so she wasn’t the typical Aunt.

We played together when we were young and had so many things in common; we shared a love of God, Jesus, Country, family, sports and the great outdoors.

She admired my Dad, her brother, as much as I do!

I think she may have resented me, when I made my initial entry into this world and for a time after, but eventually she got over it and accepted me.

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I reminisced a lot with my childhood friend, the last time we talked.

As we brought up names and events from our past, we wondered about some:

Where are they today, have they had a good life?

Are they still with us, here on earth?

Who is retired?

Who never married or did marry, often?

Of course we discussed some of the not so smart things we did as kids.

We thought we were resilient, we had no fear!

Too much time had passed, since we had last spoken and that’s unfortunate, we promised not to let so much time pass again.

I can think of so many friends that I’ve lost touch with along the way and I am not even sure why or when it happened.

My childhood friend and I made a plan to get together with other friends that were a big part of our lives, especially during our middle school years, we had plans to do that very soon!

But, before we could make it happen, she was called home; she was so worn out and so very ready, according to her husband

Not long after that, death really hit close to home, my Mom passed away, catching me, catching us, completely off guard.

We just never know, do we?

May the future and all of the many unknowns it holds, be kind to us one and all -

God Bless!


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 A B Williams

Comments

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on January 03, 2020:

Shannon, focusing on blessings is a beautiful and rewarding thing!

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on January 03, 2020:

Thank you Tim! You do not need to apologize, we all do our best to comment on articles of those we follow, but oftentimes we haven't the time or we've nothing to offer to the discussion. I certainly do not expect all to comment, every time.

Thank you for your prayers, God Bless you and your family and.... HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Shannon Henry from Texas on January 03, 2020:

It's okay to be sentimental. I am quite often. I just don't always show it very well even when I try to. So I'm actually glad you said that because I want you to know that I am sincere and it stands even when I don't show it very well or often enough.

But as far as resolutions go, I never do them. As last year came to an end and this one begins, I've been focusing on my blessings and on being thankful for the inner growth I've experienced over the past couple of years. Thankful for friends like you and for people who encourage me and accept me just as I am now and hopefully as I continue to grow and change for the better.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on January 03, 2020:

I started reading expecting something different, Ab, but as always, you write from the heart--I knew I would not be disappointed and moved with compassion regardless. Such wise words: Mend what needs mending, even if it requires an extra mile. True.

I send prayers for you and your family, Ab., and I will send up prayers for your friend. I promise to read and leave more comments in the future. That's easy to do because every article of yours is worth a visit. Please, accept my apologies, friend. You were one of the first people who commented on my work and encouraged me, Ab. And I know a good soul when we cross. God bless you.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on January 01, 2020:

Hi Paula, thank you very much!

She was the last person I expected when I received the dreaded call from my parents. I feel for her immediate family the most.

I hope that this article might spark a phone call or two.

Happy New Year my friend!

Suzie from Carson City on January 01, 2020:

Angie.....I'm glad I can print this and do not have to speak at the moment. Your message has brought me to the verge of breaking down. Too much sadness all at once. I am so so sorry for you and your family. Please know that I can truly relate to this kind of gut-wrenching tragedy.

I am sending you my thoughts, sympathies and hugs. Please know you will find your strength, enough to share with your Dad and all those who are living this nightmare.

All I can do is let you know I am here. Feel free to purge, share, or simply remain silent. I can feel your pain in any event.....Peace, Paula

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on January 01, 2020:

I seem to be extra sentimental right now, but it is not just me, I've noticed it with people that aren't typically the sentimental types. I've definitely noticed it on FB. Maybe it is all about it being a new decade, not just a new year? Not sure. But, it's nice!

Shannon Henry from Texas on January 01, 2020:

Thank you, Angie. I feel the same way.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on January 01, 2020:

Happy New Year Eric!

Resolutions are for some, not for all, that's a fact. Too many set themselves up for failure.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 01, 2020:

My new years comes at a different time. My adoption date. I reckon I never got a date for Christmas or New years. Why would we declare those dates? Oh well we celebrate them.

A change by resolution is good If we repent past transgressions. I cannot figure it out.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on January 01, 2020:

Happy New Year Shannon!

Didn't mean to bring tears, but I thank you for your kind words. Although we've never met, I consider you my friend.

Hey....it's 2020 Baby!!!

Shannon Henry from Texas on January 01, 2020:

Today, for me, was going to be just like any other day. You kind of changed that, though. Made me a little teary. You are so full of faith and hope. Don't ever change. Happy New Year!

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