Have you ever had that moment in your life when you felt the need to do something and just never got around to it? There were several times when you had the opportunity and failed to make the effort because something else took your attention away from the task at hand. Then all of a sudden, the opportunity was no longer there and you were left regretting the fact that you never did what you know you needed to do.
One of my favorite people growing up was my Aunt G. I can not even begin to count the hours we spent together talking, laughing and just having a great time. She was much younger than my Uncle so closer to my age. She would come over and visit me for the weekend. We would play cards and laugh and have the best time ever. We had been hanging out since I was in school. There was a point in time that I had an episode where I was unable to drive by myself, which was tough because I had a job that required me to be on the road in my car. She went on all my work visits with me so that I could continue doing my work. We were as close as brother and sister.
When I moved from Florida, some unfortunate family drama occurred that resulted in our losing touch and going our separate ways. The letters and the calls stopped and for a period of time we had no contact at all. She was always in the back of my mind and I missed our connection, but given that circumstances were what they were, it was just not meant to be.
One week, I found out that she was living somewhere different than our home town and away from my Uncle. One of my Aunt’s said that she had been asking about me and wanted to connect with me and I saw that as the perfect opportunity to mend fences. She had just gone through surgery and was recuperating at home, so when I got around to it I knew I would be able to catch her. Several weeks went by and I never got around to making the call. Something always came up to prevent me from doing so, or in my mind I just wasn’t ready. I am not sure which.
One afternoon, my aunt called and asked me if I had connected with my Aunt. I told her that I had not reached out yet. She then informed me that it was too late as she had passed away the day before from complications resulting from her surgery. My window of opportunity was gone and I never got to make amends. You can imagine how I felt.
Things are going to happen in life that come between people that are unfortunate. Even more unfortunate is when it happens to people you love and you never take the opportunity to make things right before it is too late. Sometimes it is because we just aren’t ready. However, the alternative of the door closing on your opportunity creates far more of an issue. If there is someone that you have the desire in your heart to make an attempt with, don’t wait. It’s OK to be first. The last thing that you want is for it to be a just a little too late. I learned the hard way, a mistake I will never repeat.
Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles today.