Sorry, I have be away for a couple of weeks and for this blog I am going to deviate from the what I said I was going to in my last blog. I will get back to that later but after doing some soul searching I really wanted to get back to why I am starting this blog. And this post has really been tugging on my heart the past couple of days…
In 1988 Ronald Reagan declared October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. He is quoted saying…”When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them.” In less than a week Laura Kozel and I should be celebrating Hailey Faith Kozel’s 1st Birthday. But as everyone knows, instead a baking a cake we can only stop by to bring her flowers.
What irks me is how as a society we get so wrapped up in our ‘hectic’ ‘busy’ day to day lives that we completely forget about those around us and what they might be dealing with. As we meet them on the street we have no idea what they are going through, the news they were just told, or where they are headed. I know I am just as guilty as everyone else but I have made it my mission to change that. And yes I am using my experience to hopefully help change our carelessness of others. Not to play poor pitiful me but it seemed like there was a window of 4-6 weeks after we lost Hailey that people cared about how we were doing. And now less than a week away from her first birthday, it remains completely out of sight out of mind for the majority of people. But Laura and I are faced daily with missing one of our children for the rest of our lives here on Earth until we meet her again in Heaven!
Again I am not asking for a pity party, I am not saying that me and my family should be on the forefront of everyones minds everyday. But what I am asking is that today you will challenge yourself to care for others more than yourself. Be intentional about asking how others are doing. Be intentional about praying for others around you. Be intentional about taking a break from your life and show some interest in those around you. I promise it will help make this city, country, and world a better place to live in.