On September 12th I had a meeting on the 54th floor of Grand Central Terminal. Grand Central is one of my favorite NYC landmarks and the view from the room I was in was incredible. I was one of the first people there so I snapped this picture before the room filled. Everything was going fine until this very loud noise. No one that was there knew what it was, and the only thing I can compare it to was the sound of an airplane…right outside of the window. It honestly sounded like a plane was getting ready to fly through the building. At the moment I was convinced I was going to die. No, I really thought I was going to die. I was so scared. As I’ve been thinking about it I realize more and more that life is a vapor. Life can be here today and it can be gone tomorrow.
None of us are promised tomorrow. As I reflect on my mortality, and see the tragic events that happened in D.C., I realize that I could have been one of those victims. D.C. is so far away but is so close. The past few weeks I’ve heard of two bomb threats in my home state. We live in a cruel world where any of us could be victimized without cause. As I kept on thinking about these things I kept asking myself what is my response? How do I live in light of all this?
If my life is a vapor I have to live everyday like it is my last. The truth is I don’t, but I’m working on it. I’m trying to let go of my concerns of being what others want to be to be, and be more engaged with the people, things, and work that matters. Stephen Covey said “how many people on their deathbed wish they’d spent more time at the office?” If I faced death today will I be pleased with how I lived today? [tweet this].
I want my new concerns to be how great of a father I am and how great of a husband I am. I want to do work that matters and spend time with people that matter. The dream should be using your time for the things that matter most.
Sorry to be so morbid, but I think the people that experienced 9/11 or D.C. would tell us to be with the ones we love. Escape the rat race for a little while to invest back into your loved ones. Show your love to the people you love.