Sitting here petting one of my cats on this hot, lazy afternoon I realize that this is anything but an ordinary day for a lot of other people in the world. This one day will change their entire lives... forever.
Someone will be diagnosed with cancer. Somebody will be killed in an automobile accident. A young man will contract HIV. Someone will be fired from their job. A teenage girl will get pregnant. Somewhere a wife will find out that her husband is cheating on her. A teenager will run away from home. A family will watch their house burn down. A child's puppy will be struck by a car. A soldier will be killed. A boy will have his heart broken. Someone will lose their last dollar in a casino. A man will hold his wife's hand in the Intensive Care Unit for the last time. A grocery store clerk will be held up at gun point. A young woman will miscarry. A man will say goodbye to the grandfather who raised him. A child will be abducted. Somewhere, a heroin addict will overdose for the last time. An angry man will murder his wife. A woman will find a lump in her breast. A man will be sentenced to prison for the rest of his life. A drunk will pick up his car keys.
All these things are happening to people just like me... somewhere in the world.
Right now. This very minute. While I sit here and pet my cat.
I am stunned. Desperately searching for some glimmer of hope I realize that on this very same day...
A baby will be born. A young couple will get married. A lost kitten will be found. Proud parents will watch their youngest child graduate from high school. Someone will get a promotion. Another will win the lottery. A teenage boy will buy his first car. A young woman will discover that after years of trying, she's finally pregnant. A doctor will tell a worried family that the operation was a success. A young woman will have flowers delivered to her door. Two childhood friends will take off on a trip to Greece. A singer will have a #1 hit. A child will be returned to his mother. A mortgage application will be approved. A dentist will inform a 5 year old that he doesn't have any cavities, and a 10th grade girl will be asked to the prom.
All this will happen on a most ordinary day.... today.
And then I realize....
That I must have WAY too much time on my hands.