Thought of the Day: 12/7/11

Posted: December 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

Family. That is the inspiration behind this “Thought of the Day” post today.

I had a conversation with a friend today about some of the hardships that people endure in this world. The seemingly unfathomable daily tasks that some take on and which most people couldn’t even begin to imagine. Many times, those come in the name of family. Taking care of a son, daughter, mother, father, grandparent… because “it’s the right thing to do”. Because “they’d do it for me.” Because “they’re family.” In this particular case, it may be all of those reasons, but most importantly… it was because MMA Fighter Rad Martinez made a promise.

Here’s the official summary of Rad Martinez’s story straight from the ESPN.com page of this video that was featured in an “Outside the Lines” presentation:
“MMA fighter Rad Martinez aspires to make it to the UFC — a challenge complicated by his almost round-the-clock dedication to taking care of his brain-damaged father”

I share this story with you guys to simply bring out an important message that I’ve felt very strongly about over the last few years of my life:
At the end of the day, family is all we have.

Friends will come and go. Relationships will end. Jobs, homes, cars will change.
Those people in our lives that we consider family (regardless of blood line) are the ones who will be there no matter what.

The thought of the day, or my challenge to each of you, is to let them know how much they mean to you, and to be aware enough to realize that life is so precious… and it can change so much… so fast.

Let important people, let your FAMILY, know how much they mean to you.

I hope you guys appreciate this story as much as I did.

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