How many reminders do we need as a culture, as individuals, that tomorrow is not promised to us? In order to do the things we’d like to do in the near future (more importantly, the plan God has for us), we need to be spiritually, mentally, and physically prepared. I can’t expect to lose weight before my 25th High School Class Reunion and eat at fast-food restaurants each week (I’ve stayed away from them so far and pack my lunch with healthy foods – thumbs up).
Today I heard two stories as I continue to go through my pursuit of a healthier lifestyle:
#1 Patrice O’Neal, a fixture in the New York comedy scene for two decades who was most recently seen in the Comedy Central Roast Of Charlie Sheen, has passed away according to sources close to the comedian.
Talk show host Opie of the Opie & Anthony Radio Show tweeted this morning, “Yes, it’s true that our pal Patrice O’Neal has passed away. The funniest and best thinker I’ve ever known PERIOD.”
O’Neal suffered a stroke in October after a long battle with diabetes. The announcement about his condition was made by a group of his comedian friends and peers on the popular Sirius radio show, but few details have been made known since then at the wishes of his family.
#2 An Ohio third-grader who weighs more than 200 pounds has been taken from his family and placed into foster care after county social workers said his mother wasn’t doing enough to control his weight.
The Plain Dealer reports that the Cleveland 8-year-old is considered severely obese and at risk for such diseases as diabetes and hypertension.
The case is the first state officials can recall of a child being put in foster care strictly for a weight-related issue.
Lawyers for the mother say the county overreached when authorities took the boy last week. They say the medical problems he is at risk for do not yet pose an imminent danger.
A spokeswoman says the county removed the child because caseworkers saw his mother’s inability to reduce his weight as medical neglect.