When Life Gets Scary…Look In Your Rear View Mirror

Bang! It was a loud clunking noise, and I had seen the squirrel just a second before I ran over him. I know I’m not supposed to close my eyes when I’m driving, but I couldn’t help it. Maybe I didn’t just kill a poor squirrel, if I closed my eyes, it meant it never happened, right?

I looked in my rearview mirror to see where the poor thing landed, but to my surprise, there was no squirrel!

“That’s weird,” I thought to myself. “I know I ran over that creature, poor Chippy”

Now my brain was boggled, a small animal could not have survived such an accident. I put it out of my thoughts till I arrived back home and shared the story with Vance. He thought the disappearing squirrel was strange a phenomenon too.

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Vance and me

Have you ever been in a situation where you questioned what you were seeing and wondered if you may have lost your mind? I love the show, Just For Laughs Gags, where they play practical jokes on strangers. My favourite pranks are the ones that cause people to think they are going crazy.

Mom and I were in the Halifax airport when I thought there must either be a hidden camera or the woman was senile. She was about seventy-five years old and had taken off her pants and was standing in her underwear in the airport, putting on her compression stockings.

I stood staring, my mouth hanging wide open. Later, I was hoping it wasn’t a hidden camera since I looked like a woman trying to catch flies with her mouth. I’m sure I appeared very unattractive at the time.

She eventually pulled her pants over top of her stockings and sat down as though she had done this a thousand times before. Finally, I quietly started snickering as I realized she had bent over multiple times in front of a large audience behind her.  But I left wondering if the situation had been real or a gag.

Many months after I ran over poor Chippy, we had my family over for dinner. My brother Kirk was outside for a bit when he came in and said, “There is something in the front grate of your car. ” He grabbed a tool and pulled the strangest looking object out…Chippy.


I will give you some time to get a tissue and blow your nose over this unfortunate and tragic event.

Imagine my euphoria when I realized I had not lost my mind and I had killed a squirrel. I had thought about that event a few times and was confused as to where the squirrel had gone that day.

Are you like me, are there times when you just want to close your eyes and pretend something isn’t happening because you don’t know what to do about it? You don’t want to face the difficulties or trials you are going through presently?

One summer Vance and I played baseball. Since I am quite terrible at baseball, they would just throw me out somewhere in the field to wander aimlessly. Usually, if the ball were coming my way a couple of the men would come running in my direction and catch it before I missed the catch.

But one day I surprised everyone. I could see it coming; it felt like I was in a slow-motion movie. My heart started pounding, and a million thoughts were racing through my head. Just before the ball reached me, I opened my glove and closed my eyes. Then I felt a thud in my mitt. My team cheered, and so did the crowd. They had known I couldn’t catch a ball, and so did I.

When we walked back to our bench my husband Vance turned to me and asked, “Did you close your eyes?” I looked at him sheepishly, “Yes” He explained to me how dangerous it was to close my eyes when I’m catching a ball. “You have to protect your face, and if your eyes are closed, it may hit your face instead of your glove.”

Life can be the same. Disasters can come our way, and we are tempted to hide or close our eyes and pretend it’s not happening.

Last weekend the citizens and vacationers to Hawaii received a mass text from the Hawaiian government. Some thought it was a joke from a friend. But when they heard everyone in Hawaii had received the same text, they realize it must be real.

They were told to seek shelter, but no amount of shelter is going to save you from a ballistic missile. Close your eyes and pretend it’s not happening right?

Eventually, they found out it was a false alarm. But for forty-five minutes people thought they were going to die. After the scare was over news reporters interviewed folks and asked them what they did when they received the shocking text? (Read more about this event: HERE)

One man said his family hopped in the bathroom tub and waited. Another man was vacationing in Hawaii and said he called his loved ones to tell them he didn’t know if the text was the real thing or not. He said goodbye to his family just in case he died. Then went golfing, since he knew hiding wouldn’t save him.


Laurie Hoots was visiting Hawaii and said “Lots of people wandering around in deep thought, as in, “Am I ready?”

What would you do? You have forty-five minutes till the ballistic missile reaches your neighbourhood.

Would you:

Drive you fancy car around town

Buy some new jewellery

Watch your favourite TV show

Check your FB news feeds

Count your million dollars

Shine up your trophies

Shoot up some drugs

Drink all your bottles of alcohol

If you thought about it long and hard, you would probably spend your last forty-five minutes with the people who mean the most to you. You may even ask some of them for forgiveness if your relationship has been hurting.

All of the above-listed choices seem entirely meaningless, don’t they, compared to telling your family you love them and spending your last moments with them.

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” 
― Mother Teresa

Maybe you have been living life as though you are invincible. You have all the time in the world. You’re like Chippy, wandering through the forest enjoying life, then boom, it could all be gone!

He reminds me of the squirrel in the Ice Age movie

You have told yourself you will quit the drugs, drinking, gambling, trophy shining, and empire building. One day. You have time, but do you?

Or maybe you’ve been putting off Jesus Christ, thinking you have time for a relationship with him, later. Jesus has been waiting for you. He wants you to be in heaven with him one day.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. – John 3:16

You or someone you love may be gone tomorrow. Life is too short to close our eyes and pretend the end is not coming. Live today in a way that will not leave you wishing you had more time to do what is right. If you look in your rearview mirror at the end of your life, what will you see, will it bring you joy?

Your family’s greatest desire is within your own grasp. They want you. A healthy, happy, loving and attentive father, mother, sister, brother, grandparent or friend.

All that other stuff is fluff compared to the immeasurable gift you can give them…yourself, your time and your love.đź’—

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Philippians 2: 3-4

Believing and hoping,

Cindy Seatonđź’—








Author: cindyseaton69

I am the author of Beauty From Ashes: A Mother's Journey from Bitterness to Hope.