There are many things in this world that compete for our attention. There are people who earn massive amounts of money for getting that attention and holding it and getting us to buy something. Many of those things attract our attention, but they really don’t deserve as much attention as we give them. There are things far more important that deserve much more attention.
Today’s photo is a picture of our youngest son (our middle child) and his lovely family. On Saturday morning, we received a call that he was being rushed to the hospital in the Atlanta area with chest pain. He is just 38 years young, but the words “chest pain” were deeply ominous due to the horrible Dalrymple family genes related to heart problems.
To keep from boring you, it turned out that he did, in fact, have a heart attack…one that was quite serious, with 100% blockage in one of the arteries on the right side of the heart. As they did the angiogram and inserted the stent to get the blood flowing again, he developed atrial fibrillation. The stent did its job and and medicines for the a-fib did theirs and tonight he is resting comfortable, his big brother (who flew in from California) there at his side in the hospital room.
Love is important. Family is important. Work…well, not so much. As someone once wisely said, no one on their deathbed every utters these words: “I wish I’d spent more time in the office.”
No one knows our day or time or how it will come. Life – that tremendous gift – is too important and precious to waste. Make the most of it.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: on this day in 1775, just one day after restating their fidelity to King George III and wishing him “a long and prosperous reign” in the Olive Branch Petition, Congress sets “forth the causes and necessity of their taking up arms” against British authority in the American colonies. The declaration also proclaimed their preference “to die free men rather than live as slaves.”
As in the Olive Branch Petition, Congress never impugned the motives of the British king. Instead, they protested, “The large strides of late taken by the legislature of Great Britain toward establishing over these colonies their absolute rule…” Congress provided a history of colonial relations in which the king served as the sole governmental connection between the mother country and colonies, until, in their eyes, the victory against France in the Seven Years’ War caused Britain’s “new ministry finding all the foes of Britain subdued” to fall upon “the unfortunate idea of subduing her friends also.” According to the declaration, the king’s role remained constant, but “parliament then for the first time assumed a power of unbounded legislation over the colonies of America,” which resulted in the bloodletting at Lexington and Concord in April 1775.
At this point, Congress assumed that if the king could merely be made to understand what Parliament and his ministers had done, he would rectify the situation and return the colonists to their rightful place as fully equal members of the British empire. When the king sided with Parliament, however, Congress moved beyond a Declaration of Arms to a Declaration of Independence.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: The largest crater in the solar system is found on the moon. Called the South Pole-Aitken, this giant crater is on the far side of the moon and is 1,550 miles (2,500 km) in diameter. The largest crater visible to Earth (on the near side of the moon) is the Bailly Crater, with a 183-mile diameter.