Treasure This Moment

Walter Samaszko was 69 years old and lived in Carson City, Nevada. He also died there, alone, and it was more than a month before anyone noticed that he had gone missing. Walter Samaszko was a “loner,” who didn’t trust many people. He lived frugally. In his checking account was $200.00.

But after neighbors notified authorities that something seemed wrong, and after his decaying body was found, it was determined that his house must be sold. As workers were preparing for the sale, an astonishing discovery was made: Hidden within the house were boxes of gold bars and gold coins worth at least 7 million dollars.

When I read this story a couple of days ago, I was struck by its sadness, for here, from all accounts, was a man who was afraid of life, (even afraid to go to the doctor for fear of dirty needles) and who instead of enjoying travel and museums and hobbies and philanthropy hoarded his gold bars–and died intestate–totally alone. A solitary cousin has been found, who after the government takes their large share of the estate, will inherit the wealth of Walter Samaszko.

(image from Getty)

Such a dynamic lesson is here for all of us: Let us treasure every moment of every day, and to the fullest extent of our ability take advantage of each benefit that comes to us, without waiting for something better, or something perfect, or something greater.

Every season of our life is precious, but is of quicksilver and is fleeting. Should our hands wait to caress the jewel of this second, when we reach again, only vapor may be there . . . and a memory of chance long past and opportunity forever gone.

4 thoughts on “Treasure This Moment

  1. A very sad story indeed. And I love your life lesson.
    Another sad part of this story is, the government gets part of it, when if spent wisely by it’s past owner, may have been spent to help the poor and/or to help spread the gospel. Hmmmmm…..

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  2. Charlotte Mills

    Sis. Buxton – Thanks, once again, for sharing a great lesson with us. So sad that this man died without knowing the blessing of giving. He willingly denied himself gifts of travel, as you indicated, but just think how he could have invested in the Kingdom of God???? Thanks! Love you so much!

    Truly a shame. In every way.

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  3. Hi Sis. Buxton,

    That is really a sad story, but the lesson you shared here is so true. We really do need to treasure every moment, because life is short and uncertain, and some opportunities will only come our way once. Love and appreciate you!

    Sister Connell, I miss you! Would so love to see all of you. Thank you for your comment here. Hugs and kisses to everyone.

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