The sun, which shone so brightly the last couple of days filling my spirit and mind with images of spring, is gone today, replaced by gray, gloomy clouds. My wife’s flu bug which bit her last week seems to have been squished and she’s on the mend. The weekend is winding down and soon a new week will start.
I commented to a friend today about a photograph taken about 4 years ago that; “sometimes it seems long ago and other times yesterday.” I think that’s life. When younger I was told; “time moves faster as you get older.” It didn’t make sense to me then but now, on the other side of the hill (midlife), it’s a boulder rolling faster and faster.
The present moment, where we long to continuously dwell, is the one place that brings thankfulness, humility, and acceptance. We are thankful because we are only “grass that whithers, blows away, and its place remembers it no more.” Every moment is precious, even the ones we’d rather not experience. We are humbled by the brevity of ourselves and the things around us. Nothing is permanent which we can touch, see, feel, hear, or taste. “All things are passing away.” By accepting this truth we can choose to consciously, deliberately, live leaving nothing unfinished, and embrace this flash of light we call being alive.
This morning, on my way to the office, I spied a small car whose trunk seemed to be unlatched. At first I thought maybe it was tied off because it was carrying something larger than its capacity but I watched as it slowly opened up and the driver seemed unaware. At the next stop light I jumped out of the truck and noticed the driver of the unfastened trunk saw me in her driver’s mirror. She rolled down her window and I asked; “do you know your trunk is open?” “No, she said, ‘I just came from the store and must’ve forgotten to shut it.'” “Well I’m going to close it for you OK?” I replied as I made sure it was secure, hopped back into the Frontier as the light turned green and then we both went our way.
I reflected on the lady and the open trunk, thankful for eyes to see, hands to help and a willing heart to assist someone in need. The truth is that we need each other to make sure we don’t lose our way or what’s valuable as we travel the road of life.