Getting Back on the Horse

How do you respond to the loss of a co-driver especially your wife?

A driver and his wife had traveled many miles together. She had been his co-driver for over 20 years. They had worked for several companies and finally for the last two years were satisfied that they had found the company for them.

His wife had started complaining about a pain in her side. She assumed it was because she had helped him unload the last load. However, over the next few weeks, it did not clear up, and she went to the doctor for an examination.

The news was devastating for both of them – she had cancer of the lungs and was given only a short time to live. They went home, and for the next 4 months, she got weaker each day until she died early one morning in the hospital.

After the funeral, he took two weeks to assess his life and his son who still lived at home.  Over and over, the words of his father kept coming back to him – “Son, you got to get back up on that horse and ride again.”

He thought about his wife, his son, his family and finally came to the conclusion that she would want him to “get back on that horse and ride again.”

Life does not always seem fair, but we can gain from each other:

  1. We build on all experiences of life. The good – the bad – all have an effect on who we are. And we have a decision to make – we can be the master of our experiences or to let them rule us.
  2. Things change! We do not stay the same. We can grow as a human being.
  3. And we should not forget. History alone has shown us that we repeat the same mistakes again unless we remember.

Bottom Line – When life throws you for a loop – get back on that horse and ride. That’s the way I see it.