what we leave behind…

It took me close to two hours to get home the other night. What normally would take me an hour doubled because of traffic which I learned later was caused by an accident.

Early in the day, a woman driving eastbound somehow drove over the median into an oncoming semi truck. This caused the truck to jackknife and hit another vehicle which carried a four-year old boy.

Sadly, the woman died on the scene and the others were rushed to nearby hospitals. A couple of days has passed since and the reason for the accident is still unclear. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

The accident happened right at the exit which I always take whenever I head home. Today, I noticed a makeshift memorial was created at the spot were the woman passed away. A white, wooden cross contrasted sharply against the green shrubbery behind it. Surrounding the cross were balloons, flowers, and stuffed animals, presumably left by family, friends, and strangers alike grieving for the loss.

Randy Travis’s song “Three Wooden Crosses” immediately popped in my head. The song, with its powerful words, has been a favorite of mine since its release in 2003. Although the lyrics are quite emotional in content, the song’s simple yet profound message resonated deeply with me.

That could not have been any more relevant and timely than today: “It’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you, it’s what you leave behind you when you go.”

It got me thinking about my own mortality and eventual legacy. Have I given more than what I have taken? Have I impacted those around me in a positive and unobtrusive way? Will my kitties miss me? I sure hope so…

Listen to the song (in its entirety) and you will know what I mean:.

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