Our society places a lot of emphasis on making a good first impression. I agree that this is important, but the tragic loss of all those young men from the Humboldt Broncos hockey team got me thinking about last impressions. What was the last thing they said to their family, friends, teammates? Did they kiss Mom on the cheek before leaving the house that morning? Did they give their kid brother a fist-bump? Did they help their sister with her homework? Did they say something nice to that cute young lady in their class? Or did they have a heated argument with Dad, bully the skinny kid in class, have a spat with their teammate?
It is difficult to extract a lesson from such a senseless loss of life, but what I learned is this. Life is so fragile and the only thing we know for sure is that we don’t know when time is up, but someday it will be. It is not healthy to live in fear of the end, but it is not wise to act like it’ll never come, either. If today was your last day, what would someone say about you? If you never saw tomorrow, what would be written in your eulogy? How would you be remembered? What was your last impression?
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