My mother always said, “life passes quickly with each blink of an eye. Before you know it, old age finds its way to you and one morning while you’re waking the thought comes to the mind, “what happened?”
She was right. Suddenly, the mind does begin to shift to a different thinking mode. When I was younger I thought I had all the time in the world. It seemed as though time would never run out for me. Don’t get me wrong, I have been blessed all along the way and I have covered a lot of ground in my short 60+ years but time now appears shorter as does the lives of family and friends that once were a part of my life. I used to think 60, 70 even 80 years of age was a long life, now I think, not that long at all.
For the past 3-4 years, I have slowly begun to treasure life so much more than I once did. Not that I wasted all my time but I now watch as my thoughts continue to turn toward more valuable thinking. Thoughts of gratitude, thoughts of thanks and thoughts of all the precious moments I have shared with those I love.
I know I am not alone in treasuring time. But, I see people handling the time differently. Some, slow down and realize that many of the things they spent a life chasing are not so important after all. Others, speed up and keep trying to cram every waking moment full of activity, then wonder why they are exhausted by the end of the day. No matter how each one chooses to live it will surely catch-up to each of us at some point. I know, I have been there.
Now, I am in the midst of doing my best to think and act with purpose. Show as much gratitude and thanks and appreciation as I can muster. Spend more time in prayer and meditation because I know it to be a life changer. Sharing what I can here on this web site, a site with my name attached that I have owned for fourteen years and have never figured out what to do with it. This site has changed its look, its content and its purpose for as long as I have owned it. Yes, there are other reasons as to why I have been all over the map with it, some of those reasons are legit while many of those reasons are simply because I had no focus.
The last few days I began to see clarity in my pursuit of being on online. Especially with my web site. I began posting a series called “moments of pause.” Things that I stop to consider and think on for a brief passing moment. I have received emails thanking me for the posts and praise to continue. Seems the words and the photos give a person a moment to do the same in their own busy life. For this, I am pleased and will continue.
What else can I do, I pondered during meditation.
I recalled some Biblical passages to mind about celebration. How the Jewish people in Biblical days celebrated often for many reasons. They celebrated at weeks end after a hard week of work, holidays or something greater. What a good idea!
So now, every Friday I will post a writing of celebration of the passing week. Regardless of events, sad or otherwise. I feel it the proper, purposeful thing to do. I am hopeful by doing so will lift someone’s spirit, adding something positive for them to think on instead of focusing on the negativity that surrounds each and every one of us moment by moment. I will be adding one more section to my site in a few days, called, “moments of gratitude.” Postings on my life, my sixty plus years of all that I am grateful and appreciative of. One thanks at a time.
Why do this you ask?
There is a reason, one that I will share in a few days. But for now, the short answer is this, I am building a better temple.
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