The sudden death of Tim Russert could not be prevented. Death is not a preventable event.
He had his check-ups, was taking his medications for better or worse and was under the care of expert conventional physicians. Monday morning quarterbacking doesn't work so all the ifs, buts or maybes are a waste of time.
What is the lesson, if there is one?
Every one of us will die. The time of our death is unknown to us, doctors or fortune tellers. With that understanding we need to focus on how we live our lives today.
If we choose to dig into the liquor cabinet, chain smoke, never exercise and hold in all the stress, we may die younger, or not. But we certainly won't live a happy or balanced life.
All the supplements, medications, tests, therapies and doctors' knowledge cannot make your life better.
Only you can do that.
It doesn't really matter if you chose conventional or alternative medical treatments as long as you believe in the course you take.
Eating right, exercising regularly, sleeping eight hours a night and dealing with stress in a constructive way may not keep you around forever, but the quality of your life will be better than if you get drunk, eat junk and turn into a couch potato.
Pundits get paid to debate why things happen and how they could have happened differently. In real life, it doesn't matter. You only get one time followed by forever.
So what can you do?
- Stop worrying about what may happen. Stop second guessing everything you do. No one knows it better than you and no one lives inside you.
- Do not turn control over your life to anyone else. It's your life, do as you see fit.
- Do not allow a system to railroad you by turning you into a victim
- Never let fear lead you.
- Love your kids, your friends, your family and above all cherish and love yourself.
And to Tim's family, my condolences. He was a great man who made a great contribution.