I am a bit of a “gimp” and so do have a lot of spare time on my hands. Different thoughts rattle around this old hear of mine. I know my days are in deed numbered. I don’t know that that number of days is. I do know that what ever number of days I do have, will in the end not be enough. As I sit here thinking, I realize that I am sure applies to almost everyone. No matter how many days we are gifted with on this earth as it draws to a close we will wish for and want more days.
That sadly is largely out of our hands. Lives do have an expiration date. That is an unchangable fact it is an inevitable fact for everyone of us.
We though are not entirely powerless in this whole process. We can’t change the end result but we can change what we do with our time, how we live out lives, right up until that last moment when ever it may be. So very many times I have written live life don’t just endure it. I imagine everyone would agree that is a wonderful idea but how do you get to do it? Life is so very hectic these days. We are all caught up on the frantic treadmill of life. It seems every moment of every day is already stretched to the breaking point as we struggle to just get through each day. I know I did that for years and years.
I don’t knowhow to word this so it makes sense. Being told you are dying can be a “good” thing. Now by good, I mean it really gives your head a shake and opens your eyes. It opens your eyes in that suddenly you see things differently.You are better able to really see the priorities in your life. OK, the dying part kind of sucks but the experience of having your eyes really opened and to be able to see life as it really is, is wonderful. I do know I certainly would have lived much of my life differently if in the past I had been able to see things as I do today. Can we learn from the mistakes of others, yes. Will we learn, I don’t know, that is up to the individual.
I have this saying bouncing around in my head, I am not sure where I got it. I am sure it is to good to be a Bill original, ah who knows.
Faith will not necessarily help you avoid the storms in life, it will though teach you to dance in the rain. As we travel the highway of life we will indeed encouter storm after storm, issue after issue, problem after problem. That is life and in that way it is no different for any of us,. The individual issues will differ but over all the journey is about the same. The only difference is how we weather those storms, are we devastated or have we learned to dance in the rain.
When I say devastated that may be too strong a word for a lot of situations, but you get the idea. I am talking about the trivial little issues in life that just seem to hit us the wrong way.We get all fired up and allow it to spoil our day. The sort of thing that in 3 months you aren’t even going to remember it anyway. OR, do we just think, “well that is kind of annoying but oh well it isn’t that big a deal.” We carry on to enjoy our day. We make the best of a situation.
There are thousands of example I could use. I will pick just one that could very well be a big one for many.
Suppose you have a job, any job, it doesn’t matter, but you just hate it.You hate it so much you dread going to work everyday, you are miserable every moment of every day. Well the obvious answer would be start looking around and get yourself a different job.
What do you do though if for anyone of hundreds of reasons, financial, location or whatever, getting a different job is simply out of the question and yes there are such reasons. What do you do then.
Change what you can and I do mean what you can and learn to live with or accept the other. If you find there is something you simply must live with, learn to live with it. Try to make the best of it, learn to dance in the rain. Some times all we can change is ourselves and our own attitudes. I used the job situation as an example but this applies to virtually ever area of our lives, attitude is key. We ourselves decide if we are living life or enduring it. What are your thoughts?
Wow, be glad I used spell checker today