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A meteor comes crashing out of the sky — bam! More than a thousand people are injured in Russia, and for some, life is never the same. This piece of an asteroid was “tiny,” according to NASA scientists who presumably know whereof they speak.
The same day, a while later, a bigger asteroid goes sailing past Earth, missing by about 17,000 miles. Had it struck our planet, the damage likely would have been notable, because it was at least three times larger than the one that blew in more than a million square feet of glass in Russia.
Such things can be predicted, we are told, but perhaps not in time for us to do anything to prevent them. They could be taken as a metaphor for any life-changing experience, even the biggest of all: Death.
If a meteor falls out of the sky today and — bam! — lands right where we are, we are out of chances: Chances to congratulate a struggling worker on a task well executed; chances to call the elderly aunt who was so good to us when we were young and who now is lonely and so loves to chat; chances to help a youngster learn to read; chances to tell someone we cherish that we do, indeed, love them.
When a meteor comes crashing to Earth with 20 times the power of the atomic blast that rocked Hiroshima, it reminds us that life is precious, sometimes too brief, and sometimes ends with little warning.
Of course, whenever accidents happen, or death comes calling, many things are left unfinished.
But some things that could have changed others’ lives for the good are left unstarted, too, and that’s a shame.
Let’s at least start in on all that good stuff we’ve been thinking about doing “some day.” How about today?