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When Lightning Strikes



A few days ago, I read about a 34-year-old father in Texas who was killed by a lightning strike in his driveway. At the time of the jolt, he was holding the hand of his six-year-old son. The lightning surge traveled through the father’s hand and into the boy, who suffered permanent brain damage and is still in a coma.


This tragic news reminds me why Tibetan Buddhist monks will turn their teacups over each night – a continual reminder that each day could be our last, because nothing is permanent.


The father in Texas had just reached down to grab his son’s hand and he said “I love you, buddy” the instant before the lightning hit.


When my time comes and lightning strikes in whatever form it chooses, I hope my final words are half as meaningful.





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8 Comments


slig249
May 25, 2023

That story and this picture sends chills down my spine much as I assume lightning would do the same! An example of how nature can be beautiful and cruel at the same time!

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Paul Cotter
Paul Cotter
May 26, 2023
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You’re right, nature is an awesome force in every sense of the word — encompassing both awe-inspiring beauty and devastating power of destruction.

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Unknown member
May 25, 2023

Beautiful picture and thought. We all should cherish every moment of every day.

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Paul Cotter
Paul Cotter
May 25, 2023
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Thank you. What you say about cherishing every moment is so true.

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marylettieri07
May 25, 2023

This is so beautiful and very meaning. I hope when my time comes my family will know I love them.

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Paul Cotter
Paul Cotter
May 25, 2023
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Thank you for the kind words. I can assure you, everyone in the family knows you love them.

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dawnastromsoe
May 25, 2023

Paul, this is a beautiful thought provoking post. It’s so true none of us know when our time is up. Its important to say our truths daily.

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Paul Cotter
Paul Cotter
May 25, 2023
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Thank you, Dawna. I'm glad this post resonated with you. It's a tragic story, but one that carries an important lesson to remember.

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