We tend to think we have all the time in the world. Life’s pressures become our priorities; simple family pleasures will ‘come later,’ when we’ve made more money, gotten that promotion, when the dishes are clean and the beds are made. Later.
Sometimes there isn’t a later.
Richard Pringle suffered a heartbreaking loss when his three-year-old son Hughie died from a sudden brain hemorrhage a year ago. “He had a brain condition but was doing so well,” Pringle shared with the Mirror Online. “There was only a 5% chance of a bleed but unfortunately that 5% chance happened last year and he didn’t survive.”
In a Facebook post that has since gone viral—with good reason—the father of three shared the most important things he’s learned since he lost his son. Richard’s words, a year after his family’s tragic loss, are a reminder to all parents—in fact, all of us—to appreciate the moment we’re in, to cherish each second with those who are dear to us. “You can never ever kiss and love too much.” “You always have time. Stop what you’re doing and play, even if it’s just for a minute. Nothing’s that important that it can’t wait. “
It’s hard won wisdom that we’d all do well to take to heart.