Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Sum of Life~

I flip the calendar page from 2015 to 2016.

It takes less than a second.

Tomorrow, we step out into a brand new month and a brand new year.
And, I can't help but wonder.
Where have those before it gone?
And when?
When did they go?

Wasn't it just yesterday when my sweetheart and I were trying to keep our eyelids open until midnight so we could welcome in 2015 with a kiss?

Wasn't it just a day or two ago when we sat at our favorite table at our favorite restaurant enjoying a Valentine's dinner complete with a basket of heart shaped sopapillas?

Wasn't it just a moment ago when tulips peeked through the grass and our long lost friends, Mr. and Mrs. Robin, surprised us one evening?

Wasn't it just a little while ago when leaves turned golden brown, luscious red, vibrant orange and colored our world in glorious fashion?

Wasn't it only yesterday that it was today?

Time is marching on and it doesn't look as though
it is concerned with whether or not anyone else is
joining in on the march.

It's a funny thing about time.

We can spend it anyway we want,
but we can only spend it once.

And yet,
how frivolously I let the hours of my days, months, years and life trickle right though my hand.
(You, too?)

I don't know the answer.

I don't know how to
grab a hold of life
and live it to the fullest
every single moment of every single day.

I don't know how to
make the days on my calendar
transform from blank boxes
to completely used up and wrung dry moments of life.

But, tomorrow, it's a brand new year.
Tomorrow, it's a brand new month.
Tomorrow, it's a brand new day.
Tomorrow, it's a brand new moment.

Maybe the answer isn't found in the brand new... maybe, it is found in now.

Maybe the key to living my life is found in the living of my life -
moment by moment, day by day, right now.

Maybe life is
a kiss at midnight,
the sweetness of a honey-dipped sopapilla,
the beauty of a tulip and the chirp of a robin,
the breathtaking view of trees in fall.

Maybe, I have packed more living into my life than I realize.

Maybe this is the sum of life....

Seize life! Eat bread with gusto,

Drink wine with a robust heart.
Oh yes—God takes pleasure in your pleasure!
Dress festively every morning.
Don't skimp on colors and scarves.
Relish life with the spouse you love
Each and every day of your precarious life.
Each day is God's gift. It's all you get in exchange
For the hard work of staying alive.
Make the most of each one!
Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily!
This is your last and only chance at it,
For there's neither work to do nor thoughts to think
In the company of the dead, where you're most certainly headed. 
~Ecclesiastes 9:7-10 (MSG) 

But he's already made it plain how to live, what to do,

what God is looking for in men and women.
It's quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor,
be compassionate and loyal in your love,
And don't take yourself too seriously—
take God seriously. 
~  Micah 6:8, (MSG)

I flip the calendar page from 2015 to 2016.

It takes less than a second.

But maybe,
just maybe,
the memories of today,
will last an entire lifetime.~

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