Ever have a 2am what if moment?

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Ever have a 2am what if moment? This morning at 2:18am, Cheryl was not in bed next to me.

A frightening, but unusually calm terror immediately filled my body.

A quick review of Cheryl’s facts – I was groggy:

  • Left work with two colleagues
  • Went straight Orlando Magic basketball game downtown
  • After game, take Robin back to work to get her car
  • Then drop off Molina at Disney’s Grand Floridian
  • Home by 11pm, latest, right?

But it’s 2:18am.

What if she was in an accident? The phone would have rang.

What if she was abducted? The phone wouldn’t ring.


I called. No answer.

What if the kidnapper was brutal?

More intense panic.

Why didn’t she call?

Moving to the hall, I called louder downstairs…

Her precious voice. Also sleepy.

Was quietly reminded that the key to peace and contentment, even in the midst of a brutal world, is living each day like it fully counts.

Side note: Yesterday two bombs exploded at the 117th Boston Marathon finish line.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Leaving church services one morning about 10 years ago I was the last one out to the van. Our son wasn’t with my wife, she thought he was with me. I went back inside . . . nowhere to be found. I started to panic. My wife remained calm. I was getting upset because she wasn’t upset and didn’t share the same frantic response.

    He was found a few minutes (seemed like hours) later on the other side of the building (where he hadn’t played before) with some of the older (responsible/less frantic) kids.

    What if he had been taken from the side street without anyone knowing? I don’t want to go there.

  2. David, it’s a brutal world out there. Spending time in the wild (and nature) is a tough reminder that everyday for wild animals is a day of 24 hour survival.

    Glad it worked out with a happy ending.

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