My friend David Hicks and I witnessed a horrific accident yesterday on our three-hour drive into the mountains to lead a writing retreat in Salida, CO.
Across the highway median on I-70, a tractor trailer barreled down the shoulder, a cloud of dust kicked up all around it, and rammed into an overpass at full speed. The resulting fireball engulfing it and a line of cars patiently idling in rush-hour traffic.
As we drove past from the opposite direction, David and I looked at each other and back at the scene in shock yelling, “holy shit,” over and over.
What else is there to say while witnessing an unknown number of lives forever changing in an instant?
What else do you do?
A day later, these words by the poet Rudy Francisco seem the best answer to me.
Carve out joy.
Hug every human with your words, thoughts and actions.
Smile so big and laugh so loud in every mundane moment of this precious life.