08/23/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

How Precious is Life?

How precious is life?

When we look into the eyes of a newborn baby, caress their tiny little hands, kiss their soft smooth forehead and inhale their light baby scent, we think, how precious.

When we see two toddlers holding hands while walking together at the playground, we think, how precious.

When we see a baby kissing the cheek of an elderly person who is smiling from ear to ear, we think, how precious.

When we see a woman who has survived breast cancer and just ran a full marathon with such excitement and enthusiasm and has the strength to run that same marathon again, we not only think how courageous, but also, how she values her precious life.

As a whole, we take many things and people for granted. We'd like to think that they're always going to be there. Think about it. It's okay to assume that you can make a phone call to your husband, Mike, who can make a quick stop at the grocery store to pick up a gallon of milk on the way home. Or, your wife can pick your daughter up from school today because your meeting is running late. Or even while Katie's in school, she's filled with excitement because she knows that her Mom has made her favorite meal for dinner.

Take a moment to look at those you love in their eyes and tell them how much you care about them. Take a moment to look around at all of the sights and hear the different sounds and appreciate the fact that you have eyes to see and ears to hear. Take a day trip out with loved ones and go create beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.

Realize that what you have today really could be gone tomorrow. Appreciate people, appreciate time, and appreciate what you have because these moments are very precious.

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