Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Say What You Need To Say

Photo today: Photobucket I have a friend at work named Susan. She left me a box of chocolates on my desk and I found it this morning when I went into the office. Very sweet of her! I believe in being honest in personal communications. I don't like to leave people wondering about my stance on topics, or how I really feel. I always end phone conversations with my family with an "I love you", because you never know if that's the last time they get to hear it, or if that's the last time I get to say it. I don't believe in having regrets of what I should have said. That's why John Mayer's song "Say" from the movie "Bucket List" really speaks to me. Have no fear For giving in Have no fear For giving over You better know that in the end It's better to say too much Then never to say what you need to say again Even if your hands are shaking And your faith is broken Even as the eyes are closing Do it with a heart wide open... wide... Say what you need to say Say what you need to Say what you need to Say what you need to say... When Todd walked in to work this morning, he was ushered into a conference room where his entire department was waiting. They were told that one of their co-workers, Chris (who sat very close to Todd and talked to him every day), died in a car crash yesterday, along with his girlfriend Kim. They were driving back from a weekend in Joshua Tree yesterday, and it was raining hard. They were in Morongo Valley on Highway 62 when they hydroplaned and crashed head-on with an oncoming pickup truck. I've met Chris & Kim twice before at Todd's company parties and get-togethers. I really liked them. They were pretty close to our age. Todd talked about Chris quite a bit because Chris was also a foodie and they always shared about their favorite new restaurants and food. Even though I didn't know them well, I shed some tears as Todd told me on the phone this morning. So sudden. So tragic. Of course any time I'm confronted with news like this, my thoughts lead to "That could have been us." We drove around in the rain yesterday. I'll always say what I need to say to the people I love, while I have a chance to say them.


  1. I live by that song too Christine! It really makes you think about your life! So sorry to hear about Chris!

  2. I just heard that song for the first time the other night, and it made me cry. It made me think that maybe I'm not saying as much as I should to the people in my life. I'm sorry to hear about such a tragic accident.

  3. It really was a sad, sad day at work yesterday. My sister always ends her calls with "I love you" and now I may know why.

  4. Oh, Christine, you are so inspiring, so often. I'm sad to hear about the accident, it is strange that those things can just happen, suddenly like that. It really is important to not postpone letting our loved ones know they are so!
    You should be so lucky to have friends like your sweet work colleague; we always need people around us to cheer us up.
    Thank you so much for commenting on my blog while I was away, and also thanks for the congrats.

  5. Stuff like this really makes you pause and think about what is important. Gosh, I'm just so sorry to hear about this.

  6. Christine that us such good advice. The teacher that I worked next to for many years, one day lost her husband, he was killed in a car accident on the way to work. They had been fighting that morning before he left, she always wondered if she had helped cause the accident. Very sad.


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