Mr Lucky

When I was 21 years old my darling big brother was shot at point blank range in the head and lived to tell more tall tales. A pair of beautiful strangers helped him survive the attack and paid for his medicine and his travel. Not long after that my mother’s car was stolen after I’d borrowed it. The police found it later that night and when I went to the police station to collect it the young female cop said to me, “You don’t seem that stressed that the car is damaged.” I said to her, “It’s just a car, it can be fixed, my family and I don’t worry about inanimate objects any more.” I’m really lucky that I received a life lesson when I was young about what is important. A car is replaceable, people aren’t. Too often we worry about our stuff or how much we should spend to insure that stuff and it ain’t worth replacing. When I talk to the parents of kids who have survived terrible accidents or multiple operations or horrible illnesses they all tell me that they tend not to worry about the trivial stuff like the latest electricity bill any more. No one is going to read a list of the emails you replied to quickly at your funeral. If your child can’t go to preschool take the day off work, your report can wait. You may never have a day with just you and your four year old again, enjoy the precious moments reading a book in bed or doing a finger painting or talking about snot. Kiss people, hug them, tell them you love them, visit them with a bunch of motley flowers from your garden, don’t wait, just go, even if you can’t afford a present or don’t think you have time.

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough” – Meister Eckhart

8 Comments on “Mr Lucky”

  1. Nomibug says:

    The truest true words that were ever written… And what better way is there to start your day than listening to the wisdom of Baloo? Thanks. P.s. Glad your brother made it through ok 🙂

  2. chillcat says:

    Thanks Lou. Bless you and your bro. Yeah we had a fatal car accident as kids and nothing matters as much as being home safely. These are the big things.

    • loupollard says:

      Thank you, we feel we are blessed. A good friend of mine passed away suddenly this week and I was reminded yet again that telling people you love them right now is really important.

  3. Steph says:

    Well written Lou Lou. You made me stop and think about all the important things in my life and how I should really appreciate them. I love reading your take on things, it always makes me pause for thought.

  4. alex says:

    Such a fan of your blog hon!

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