A few days ago I was in the vegetable department of the grocery store when I noticed a women who’d been a few years older than me in high school. I’d not seen her in years and was surprised as to how much older she looked. It occurred to me that I must also look alot older.
That night I dreamt I was a very old lady, living out the last day of mylife.. When I awakened, I had the definitive realization of how very short life is. I will soon be fifty-two. I still have many years of productivity left but, I also have less years than I did before.
Fewer years to love my kids. Fewer years to hang out with my parents. Fewer years to make the world a better place. Fewer years to find my soul mate.
Recognizing less time is available is a good thing. As it is, I often fritter time away. If if lived forever, I would probably get little to nothing done. Time is our most precious asset. It is irreplaceable, and, in the case of the human life, finite.
Yesterday I was talking to a friend who said the most valuable gift you can give your children is time. This truism extends to everyone you meet.
Take time to talk to and see people in your life. Put down the cell phone and share the present moment with the human beings that enter your space.
In a day out in the world we are surrounded by mail carriers, teachers, grocery clerks, librarians, nurses, government employees, business owners, chefs, construction workers, and sales people and they all have wonderful stories to share about working in their profession.
Behind every home we pass there are happily married couples, single parents, expecting mothers, grandparents, single unmarried people, teenager, small children, people in pain, people in love and they all have a back story about their the life they are living .
A day in my life is a sacred, precious gift. Moments spent with other human beings are sacred enounters.
I have no idea how many days or years are left in my life and, it really doesn’t matter.
What matters is how I spend the gift of today.