A friend today sent me a link to someone else’s blog. I’ll share it with you because I found it to be so true and authentic. It talked about the tragic and what seems to be the senseless death of thirteen people in the Binghamton, NY shooting. Please take a few minutes to read this. The Message From Tragedy
It reminded me (this is why my friend sent it to me) of all the questions I had when my daughter Laura passed away.
On the surface I could not see the justice or the reasoning why she was not able to live a full vibrant life. How could the death of a fourteen year old make any sense at all. It took years for me to look past the event, her death, and see what it could have represented.
Laura genuinely loved people. She was always the first to give of her time and herself to help others. She touched so many people in what can be viewed as an infinitesimal moment in time. We saw this with the hundreds of people that arrived at her funeral and all the positive, uplifting comments from friends and strangers in the receiving line and through the cards and phone calls in the days and months to come.
She was my teacher. She taught me unconditional love. That was the turning point in my life. As Howard Falco also mentions in his blog, I find myself not taking things for granted. My relationship with my parents especially my father has healed. I spend more time catching a sunset, more time being thankful for everything in my life and not just things in my life but where I am in my life. Friends and strangers I meet in person and in the cyber world have all contributed in some way to who I am today and I hope that in my small way I too can make a difference in someone else’s life. Perhaps touch the life of thousands of people worldwide and in my own way thank my daughter for giving me a gift I may have missed or found too late.
See the world through other people eyes for a moment and realize that we are here for a finite amount of time. Knowing this, ask ourselves; ‘Would I be doing, saying, acting this way if I knew the person I am with right now would not be here tomorrow?’ Perhaps sometimes it takes tragedy to remind us all of how fragile and delicate and wonderful life truly is and how blessed we are to be here every single moment of the day.
Thank you as always for taking time to read my blog. I share with you for the first time ever photos of my daughter Laura Maria Guzzo.
Blessing to you all.