Tragedy Brings Reminders In What Life Is…shared from the Prairie Californian.

Author: Kristy

It’s been quite a madhouse on the home front lately… Life has just been, well, happening. I didn’t plan on writing this post today but we received news yesterday that struck close to home. And I just felt the need to share. My morning started with my husband coming to me with a heavy heart and tear filled eyes. Yesterday, we lost a friend, a customer, and one heck of a cattleman.  It was startling, shocking, and almost unbelievable. I spent most of yesterday at a loss for words..

But not only did we just lose a friend, three other young men’s lives were cut short. Four men with bright futures in agriculture, in the cattle industry, extinguished, gone… Newly married wives without a husband, children without a father, parents without sons, families and friends mourning the loss of these young men. This is a tragedy that will be felt not only here at home, but across the nation. These young men were prominent figures in the cattle industry and today, people in many states across the nation will continue to say goodbye to these lives.

Now I know tragedies happened across the nation, every single day. People die every day. Loved ones, parents, children, friends are taken from us. But it isn’t until these tragedies hit close to home that we really stop and think… “that could have been me”. And suddenly, the reality of death we think about so sparingly about is revealed to us.

We think of life as this long, full journey to old age. When we are twenty-something we often think of ourselves as invincible that somehow death wouldn’t ever touch us because we have our whole lives ahead of us. But then something like what happened yesterday hits close to home… And we realize. Experiencing the death of not just one young person, but four really brings life in focus.

Yesterday was a reminder in so many things…I just wanted to share a few of them with you..


To life a long full life and look back on the end of your life is a gift. It’s a gift that we often forget about. We get caught up in the stress of life and all these “problems” we have and we so easily forget, hey, we are just lucky to be ALIVE. Take some time during the day, the week, this week to think about the reality of that.


Live every moment to its’ fullest. Don’t get to the end of your life or even have your life cut short wishing you had done more. Wishing you had loved more. Wishing you had spent more time with your family. Just do those things. When you say goodbye to your loved ones, tell them you love them. Remind those around you what they mean to you. Because honestly, you never know when someone’s day will be his or her last or your last. Live today and every day like it will be your last.


You know that saying, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. It is true. Our life may be a gift and may be short, but it also full of opportunities. Don’t let these opportunities pass you by because you live in fear of death. I know I’ve talked a lot about the reality of death and how you never really know when your time is up, but life also gives us so much to live for. Whether it be a God, marriage, family, career, or something else.. don’t pass up the opportunities life puts in front of you. I took a chance when I decided to let myself fall in love with a farmer from North Dakota… when I decided to move 1,500 miles away from anything I’d ever known… But guess what, those opportunities have brought me more blessings than I can count. You never know when an opportunity may be in a blessing in disguise.

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