Have you ever felt vulnerable or scared?
The first time I ever
had that feeling was as a child of about 7-or 8 years old walking through
downtown San Francisco and looking up at the skyscrapers. I prayed there
wouldn’t be an earthquake. Even though my mom was holding my hand, when I
compared her to those tall buildings I knew we wouldn’t stand a chance against
“the big one.” I was terrified because there just wasn’t any place to run or
escape the forest of windows, towering buildings and asphalt surrounding us.
I experienced that same helpless feeling again when as a
young mother of small children, my husband experienced long-term health issues.
He had been out of work for several weeks and the doctors were having difficulty
diagnosing him. Every new test opened up another dire possibility. I remember
standing over the bed one night watching him sleep while holding a baby in my
arms and being filled with an overwhelming feeling of fear. I was unprepared to
take care of myself, let alone my children. What would I do? How would I pay
our bills? How would I feed them? Where would we live?
Something changed in me that night and I determined I would
never allow myself to be in a situation like that again. I would prepare for
the future, whatever the possibilities, whether it be good bad or indifferent.
I didn’t want to be a victim of circumstance or dependent on anyone to take
care of me or my family.
One of the best ways to prepare for the future is to have
life insurance and we were uninsured at the time. Since September is Life
Insurance Awareness Month, take this opportunity to reflect on your preparation
and ask yourself the same questions I did that night so many years ago… what
would you do? How would you pay your bills? How will you feed your family? http://www.lifehappens.org/life-insurance-awareness-month/