Some express it as life before (an event) then life after, because the shift was so extreme.
I'm thinking of a young man, in his twenties, alive, vibrant, expecting his first child. Then, in a moment, gone in an automobile crash.
You never know when and/or, if, this kind of a change will come into your life. Isn't that the point? We really never know when our world will turn topsy turvy. Could be for the good, could be for the bad, each day holds surprises and miracles.
Now, this hasn't happened in my life up to this point. At least not in one fell swoop. That is not to say it couldn't happen. One friend lost her husband from a heart attack at 35 years old. Another lost her 18 year old son on his birthday. They're lives changed forever in an instant.
As I was driving home this afternoon, I drove past a car crash. It wasn't a huge deal from the looks of it. Seeing it brought back memories of all the crashes I've been in. Never saw it coming when it did. Praise the Lord, I was never severely hurt.
For me, I am reminded regularly to be grateful for my life, my health, the ability to just get out of bed in the morning. So many things, people, jobs, situations we take for granted every day. Things we don't even realize are miracles until they're gone.
Look up, look around at the love in your life, all the blessings, large and small. Give thanks. Live with a grateful heart and life will be sweeter, the hard times will pass quicker and you can be at peace.
Fantasizing the freedom a grateful heart brings.