Don’t Blink

by · September 6, 2012

 

Over the last few weeks I’ve experienced this strange phenomena- a feeling of life flying by in fast-forward.  I’d liken it to the Adam Sandler movie Click, where his character was fast forwarding the more mundane days of his life and then before he knew it, his kids are grown up, his father passed away, and his wife divorced from him.  Thankfully this feeling I’m having doesn’t include the latter two items, but I do find myself seeing my kids all grown up and moved away.

Like the movie portrays, I also find myself running on auto-pilot often- haven’t you ever had that moment when you find yourself arrived at your destination and you don’t remember any of the actual driving?  It’s a miracle you got their alive and in one piece!  It seems that so many of our days are spent with the focus on regret for what has already happened, or anxiousness about the future, that we forget that we are here now.

I find that I have to remind myself to remind myself that life is short, so that I can enjoy the now for what it is.  We are surrounded by easy to access distractions, with the smartphone being perhaps the biggest due to its always on, always available accessibility.  How many times do I look up from my own to find my entire family engrossed in theirs?  As futile as it may be, I’m beginning to fight this, as I remind myself not to waste this gift of life on foolish things.

“Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
    Remind me that my days are numbered—
    how fleeting my life is.”
Psalm 39:4

Talk to any grandparent or empty nester and they’ll share with you their sadness for the years that have gone by, the quietness of the house and the overwhelming sense of loss for the best times of their life that have passed.

We can’t stop tomorrow from coming, no matter how hard we try.  But indeed if we give it our best, we can learn to live here today.

“Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
    Remind me that my days are numbered—
    how fleeting my life is.”
Psalm 39:4

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