I know this is not photography related exactly but I had to share an experience I had this past week. As some of you who read my newsletter may know, I am in the process of having a new website built with a full e-commerce system. It is going to be amazing.
I also decided to invest in a blog that will be even better – easier to find posts, see features, and more. I hired a blog designer that I learned about from Twitter. People talk very highly of him on twitter and he seemed very sharp when I spoke to him. He knows how to build the complex blog design I desire. Long story short, I put down 1/2 for a deposit. It is not one of those $300-500 blogs either – it is a lot of money as I want a really incredible structure and functionality. Two weeks had past – and I was excited to see the design – so I wrote Monday and asked when I would. He wrote Tuesday morning saying he sent it via email – but I did not get it – so he said he would send it again.
The layout files did not come. Tuesday passed. Wednesday passed. I emailed. I called. I twittered. I emailed again. I called and left more messages. Nothing. Strange… So then I get worried as there are so many internet scams. And since I was not personally referred to him I start to fear either something horrible happened to him or that he disappeared with my money. Neither is a good scenario.
I decided that on Friday I would try one more time to make contact, so I sent an email through the contact form on his site. No response all day. Friday night I twitter (not using his name) but inquire to see if people know how to file a dispute with paypal. Now I feel so bad about this tweet. But how could I know…
Saturday morning I wake up to this email:
This is Lisa, Russell’s wife. Russell ask me to find your email and contact you. He was in a bad car accident on Tuesday with our youngest. Our youngest only suffered minor injuries, but Russell took the brunt of the impact. He was hit on the drivers side by someone running a red light. The paramedics said if the car was only a foot over he may have been killed or paralyzed. Russell’s left leg was crushed pretty bad, his left arm broken, and his head was beat up. He has his sense of humor still. He said with the metal in his leg he is the bionic man. Their is a good chance that he will be coming home from the hospital tomorrow or Monday. He gave me a list of things that he needs to work from bed, and wanted me to tell you he hasn’t forgotten about you. I’m going to see what I can find about the blog sketch. I’ll be going through his email for now.
Keep us in your prayers.
I probably do not need to tell you the “life lesson” in all this. But… please be thankful for every day – and enjoy each to the fullest. We never know what is around each corner so we need to appreciate every moment. Make sure you are doing what you love. So not bog your life down with stuff that makes you stressed or unhappy. Do what brings you joy – with your family life, with your work/career, hobbies, etc. Do what you love! Appreciate what you have. Make sure to tell those you care about that you love them.
You read Lisa’s email. A foot!!! If the car had been one foot further when the other car hit his, he may have been dead or paralyzed. That foot… Do not live in fear because of the foot, but keep it in the back of your mind so you live life to the fullest.
And please say a prayer for Russell for a full recovery, for his wife and for his children.