Last night I was reminded how quickly things in life can change. My wife and I had a small get-together to watch the UFC fights with some close friends. We were all giving high fives and cheering after the co-main event as our Wisconsin boy Anthony Pettis had just retained his title, when my buddy Trevor's phone rang. He didn't know the number but decided to answer it, and his cheerful demeanor dissipated to a deer caught in the headlights look. Trevor sat quietly for a moment then spoke in broken words telling his girlfriend (Alissa) and the rest of us that one of his r friends, Richard, had been tragically killed in a car accident. This young (mid to late 20's)gentleman has two young children that are excited for the holidays. He was also in the mist of a career change and making life better for his family.
In one quick moment that all changed as it does for many. I don't have the answers as for the reasons, but I do believe the man upstairs has another purpose for us. I do pray that Richard's family and friends find the strength to move forward.
This time of year, loss is even harder to accept because it is supposed to be a time filled with joy, love and smiles. I will say an extra prayer for Richard's family and all families hit by tragedy no matter what time of year. I hope they all find peace and happiness again.
It is that time of the year, however, when people will be on the roads traveling for Christmas and, soon, after hunting trade shows all across the country. In the northern states the weather can be brutal throughout this time of year, so please do me a favor whether you believe in God or not. Give your family members and friends a hug when you see them and tell them what they mean to you or how much you love them, as it just may be your last opportunity. I hope you all have a blessed and safe holiday season.
Art & Michelle Helin have enjoyed the outdoors their entire lives. Here, they share their passion with you.
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