Our lives are a series of hellos and goodbyes strung together by fleeting moments some of which we presently carry with us…some of which only surface when prompted. Neither the hellos nor goodbyes are always within our control, some being forced upon us when we least expect it. Either way, it is the tiny moments, those when we make a split second decision, those when we choose right from wrong that hold the lessons we must each learn. We all have that little voice in our head that suggests we take the right path, make the right choice. How often do we tune it out, justify our decision and our actions, drown out the voice of reason in that single moment in time?
Some moments are an individual lesson simply for one. Other moments may impact larger numbers as the lesson is shared time and again.
This is one of those moments I hope will leave an indelible imprint on your very soul. It is a lesson I yearn for each of you to share because the more it is shared the bigger impact it will undoubtedly have.
A day like any other, a man and a woman, their eight month old daughter, a bus driver, a cell phone, a fleeting moment, a poor choice. A driver on his cell phone, a bus losing control, a lamppost knocked over onto a baby stroller. A mother’s desperate screams reaching twenty stories high, a police officer attempting to save a child’s life when no amount of training could have truly prepared him for that moment. A series of domino effects that began with one man’s choice to ignore the voice of reason and ended with a mother helplessly watching her baby die before her very eyes.
I attended high school with the baby’s father, but the truth of the matter is it could be any one of us, any one of our family members, friends, colleagues or a complete stranger. The fact that an eight month old little girl’s short life came to an abrupt end because someone chose their cell phone over safety is devastating. The fact that these parents’ worst nightmare became a reality on a day like any other that started with their sweet baby girl waking them with her precious smile breaks my heart.
I’ve always said if ever any piece of my writing touches at least one person out there, causes someone to think or see things from a different perspective, then I have done something right. Please share this story with everyone you know. We have all been guilty at some point of being distracted while we are driving whether it’s a cell phone, a radio station, a child in the back seat. This baby’s father said it best when he said, “It can wait” in a plea to all distracted drivers.
Help me spread this message. You never know whose life it might save.
It’s not what you take when you leave this world behind. It’s what you leave behind when you go.