As I was waiting for my 6-year-old to come home from his “Summer School” camp thing, the local radio station was playing a clip from the incident between thirty students and the bus monitor… you already know what I’m talking about, I’m not getting into it. What peaked my interest was when the host said, “My son is the military and I still want to rush home and drill him over this, I want to make sure somewhere, at sometime I taught him better than this.” (paraphrased, my toddler was also singing at that moment.)
Which got me thinking… How can I use this incident to better my own family? Or will I let the opportunity slip us by…
Life gives us tons of chances, millions even, for learning. Some harsh, some don’t even sting.
Like my close friend dying on his sixteenth birthday, from a drunk driver… himself. That lesson was crushing. One I will never forget, one my children will learn very soon before they have to feel that pain or even worse, cause it.
Or taking a series of tremors here on the New Madrid Fault line, to remember for the first time EVER to teach my kids about earthquake safety. There hasn’t been a destructive earthquake here since the 1800’s, might never be one in our lifetime… but we live on the biggest fault line in the nation… doesn’t hurt to be safe. One day we might be glad that we took those tremors as a lesson…
Every single thing that happens around us, every little news clip and reality show is a opportunity. Do you seize it? Do you jump on the chance to make your world a better place by learning from the mistakes, the pain, the heartache of others?
Do you hear about a woman being mugged, and just thank your lucky stars it wasn’t you? Or do you play out the scenario in your head, drill your self on safety and make sure that it doesn’t happen to you (within reason of course)? Do you hear about bullies on the news and hope it doesn’t happen to your child? Or do you sit down over and over again with them and teach them how to handle themselves… and more importantly make sure they aren’t a bully themselves?
I’m not saying I’m a perfect person who learns from everything the way I should… I’m just saying, maybe we should. Maybe we need to seize those moments, the good and the bad, a little deeper, a little closer, a little longer, and take a little more action.
How about you? Do you waste moments?