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Gotta Hate Those Phone Calls

Last Thursday, we received one of those phone calls you dread.

It was from our daughter-in-law.

“[Your oldest son] has been in a bad car accident. He was T-boned through the driver’s door on his way to work. He’s alive but they’re worried about his neck and back. They are wanting to air lift him to Melbourne”.

Because no-one really knew what was going on, we had to wait for tests.

Your brain runs overtime coming up with all the worst possibilities. Those “What if …?” questions.

The long and short of it is he is OK. Nothing broken. No internal bleeding. He’s now home and resting.

He is very lucky. And lucky he was driving a large modern work ute with all the safety gear.

Incidents like this often serve as a big wake-up call. Our loved ones can be here today and gone tomorrow.

It makes you re-evaluate what they mean to you and how much you do love them. You tend to be a little more compassionate and the things that used to worry you about them, no longer do.

Because these things can happen at any time to anyone, are you getting the best out of those you love and adore? Or do you simply take them for granted?

Focus on how much you love family and friends.

Tell them how much you love them and why. Do with them the things you have always wanted to do and say the things you have wanted to say.

Through doing this, if something does unfortunately happen, you have some peace of mind you have enjoyed the best time with them.

Too many suffer from regret. “I should have …” told them I loved them. I should have thanked them for being a great daughter or a great parent.

Now is the time to get it right.

You’ve got this.