Saturday, December 22, 2012
When I was young, this question seldom came to mind, except on those days when I was going to take a final exam and was unprepared. PANIC! But you know what, I got through it somehow.
As I grew to manhood and married and had 5 sons, there were many days where that fear crept into my daily thought processes. I doubt if you would be surprised if I told you was the cause of never seeming to have enough money to be a good husband and provider. Yet, somehow I, actually “we” got through those days.
Now, as in the Frank Sinatra song “It Was a Very Good Year”, I find myself in the Autumn of my years and that pesky question still comes up once in a while. As the saying goes, we just live day to day.
If that is really what we are doing, just living day to day, then I realized that I must concentrate on very day I am blessed to be given.
God had given each of us a great gift. He has given us a NEW DAY, EVERY DAY. A magical moment in time. A moment meaningless in the grand scheme of life, but spectacularly important to each one of us for reasons too numerous to count and different for each of us.
One thing for sure. All of us in SP are sharing individual journeys that have a common denominator. We are all looking to improve ourselves, lose weight and gain a healthy life once again. Those of us who have a little (or a lot) of grey hair are realizing that time is of the essence so we rush head long into self improvement and possibly not seeing what is really important as we travel down this difficult road.
Now I make sure that I slow down, look up, down, right and left to see what wonders are there to observe. I see mothers and their children rushing through the store with the baskets full of food and goodies. I see those children eyeing those goodies and imagining how good they were going to taste.
I see a man wearing a hat indicating that he is a veteran so I seek him out just to say thanks. I take very opportunity to say “Hello” to those I don’t know and make an attempt to shake their hand. I always get a smile as payment for this very small random act of kindness. This is a daily goal for me.
My kids say that I do everything slow now and I am proud to wear that mantle. It doesn’t bother me to give up a little road space to let that anxious driver into my lane. We will both get to our destination.
Our days are opportunity for us to celebrate life, to be a positive influence to all we meet and to just take in the beauty of the day that surrounds us and give thanks for the privilege. Open your eyes and ears and soak in the beauty and treasurers. You will be amazed at how good it feels and just how healing it can be.
What I am trying to say is … Live every day as if it was your last because someday it will be.
Thanks for listening and please -- have a glorious and Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year.