It's happenings such as those that remind me how precious and precarious life is. I'm tossed back to this summer remembering how close I was to losing my husband in a car accident. We, however, did come home.
I've had a note for quite awhile to write about comedian Patton Oswalt whose wife, Michelle McNamara unexpectedly died. He has a special on Netflix about how he and his seven year old daughter dealt with the loss and made it through the first days and months. But even more I wanted to talk about his wife, who was a true crime writer. She researched murders and wrote about the victims and the cases. With her life immersed in tragedy she had a motto - a way she tried to live her life: It's chaos, be kind.
To me it means go forth and remember we are all members of the human race. We all have our tragedies and struggles. We need to handle each other with care and remind each other that we are worthy and we are loved.
When something horrific happens like the train wreck, it shakes our foundation even if we weren't involved. We take a look inside ourselves and ask the hard questions that perhaps direct our lives. What do we answer ourselves? How do we conduct ourselves going forward?
It's chaos, be kind.