In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. – Benjamin Franklin
I find the above quote to be true, but the romantic in me would add something else – weddings. 🙂 Yes, I know that 12383034853% (or something like that) of weddings end in divorce. In my mind, though, they are one-time events in regards to how special they are.
My pastor has always talked about non-recurring events. These are the events in peoples’ lives you shouldn’t miss. I’m taking this from an etiquette approach today, and I fully agree with his statement.
Regardless of how important you are or how busy your day is, the two events you should never miss are weddings and funerals. Seriously. If someone thinks enough of you to want you there when they are making a sacred vow to someone they have chosen to spend the rest of their life with, please take that to heart. Little Johnny’s soccer game dims in comparison. And it should. Recognizing the importance of other events, and, in part, recognizing the insignificance of some of our own events, such as a soccer game, is very healthy for us. It’s a needed dose of reality.
When someone you or your family knew passes away, honoring their life is important. Even if you have to take your lunch break in order to do so.
More important than which fork to use is respect of others. Pausing in our fast-paced world for a moment of honor for them. They’re not a burden on us but a blessing we can be a part of.
I would encourage all of you (and myself, of course) to make time for these non-recurring events. Thank you for reading!