Today - This day
Today I had planned to do a blog on keeping abreast of events in my WA world. Today I had such a well-planned day with a whole range of events.
Somehow it just did not work out that way.
Today turned out to be a day that just did not follow the beaten track. Have you ever have one of those days that just don’t follow the mold.
My plan was straight forward –
Drop my wife to her office and my daughter to her school before 6.15am – done that;
Return home - Drop my other out for public transport by 7.00am – did that
A woman died today
And here is where it begins to go wrong – dead in the street is a woman (I know her) - she got knocked down by a route taxi – while jogging – something she has down for as many years as I can remember.
Her son said that she did not deserve to die this way
Even now cannot conceptualize how she jogging on the pavement could get hit by this car that on the road – windshield mashed up – the two should in no way meet.
Police everywhere – this is a major thoroughfare in our neighborhood – body on the ground – they can’t move until the DMO (District Medical Officer) views the body and authorizes them to move it.
Have to drop grand-daughter (3-year old) to school (she insist that I do it). Police close the road – have to make long detour – massive traffic pile up. Still got to do what you got to do.
Massive political upheaval
Massive political upheaval in my country – Attorney General, one of the two pillars of our democracy was caught in criminal activity – major crisis.
Have three assignments to complete today – able to complete the first one, require additional information on the second one – complete the third – however balance sheet doesn’t look right- need to review – out of time for today.
Prime Minister to address the nation
Prime Minister to speak to the nation at 4.00pm - Gone to pick up granddaughter from school 4pm- hurried back – no televised address – national address rescheduled to 7.30pm
That’s not good - have a Heads of Department meeting to prepare for – meeting carded for 7.30 pm - working, working, working (rare day for me) – finished my report - send it to print and to secretary
Wife’s home – happy, happy, happy
Wife home 6.30pm – we talk a bit – it 7.pm- got to go – delaying going to meeting – really want to hear what the Prime Minister has to say – leave 7.15am
Reached the meeting place – building closed – I have keys – one department head present with her children – open build – she promptly organizes their homework.
Everybody late – all want to hear the Prime Minister – all now want meeting cancelled – that was not going to happen.
Prime Minister fires 6 ministers
The Prime Minister address starts late – she proceeds to fire six (6) of her government ministers (Wow – talk about an iron lady).
Our meeting starts late – and guess what I left the report home – no problem I have a backup – I had sent the report to the secretary – unfortunately – she never opened the email – no copies available for anybody – proposed that I email it to everybody when I get home.
Oops it’s her birthday
Near end of meeting suddenly remember that February 3rd is my wife’s birthday – ask to leave, because I have to go and get the gift and it already late.
Manage to get the gift – manage to sneak the gift into the house. Have to get card sign, gift wrapped and strategically place for her to see it on the morning.
Gotta do what I gotta do
Still have to check my email, still have to do a blog, still have to see where I can get in some training, still have to pray, still have prepare for Tuesday which right now is 4 minutes away. (Cheryl wants me to make corn soup for her entire office for her birthday)
And your point is?
So what’s the moral of this story? Simple – Life happens and most times not how you expect it, and bad things happen to ‘good’ people. You still got to do what you got to do.
Many times in times like this it is easy to say ‘mañana’ but tomorrow never comes. And what happens if the next day has even more activity than this day – I have had many painful experiences with ‘mañana’, to learn that tomorrow never comes – all I have is today.
So make today count