On a personal note, I received an email Tuesday morning from the wife of my high school coach. He passed away Sunday. Darwin (Buzz) Whelan taught me how to keep going when things got tough. He was my major support system from fifth grade on. He was my basketball, baseball, track and football coach through high school, and I learned more of my work ethic from him than from anyone else. I would not be the man I am today if Buzz hadn’t been a part of my life.

I got to see Buzz twice in July while we were in North Dakota for my 50 year high school reunion. I gave him a hug and told him I loved him. For that opportunity I will always be grateful.

We are only here for a short time. As you grow older you discover that family and friends don’t always live as long as you want them to. We are just a heartbeat away from death or the next message about someone passing.

Let others know they matter to you. It might be your last chance. If you need to, mend your fences. I don’t care what anyone has done to you, how bad you might dislike, despise, maybe just plain hate the person, mend your fences. If they are not receptive, then you at least have done what you can to resolve any issues and can have peace yourself.

This is even more important if they are direct family members, especially mom and dad. Once they leave this world it is too late to say I’m sorry, I forgive, I love you.

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