I have been in a very reflective mood of late. I am indeed approaching another birthday and another calendar year is drawing to a close.
Every year at this time there is an ad that comes on TV and I just hate watching it. I even have to leave the room or at least close my eyes when it comes on. Now, I love kids anyone that knows me knows that. This ad is in fact about kids and does show a number of them, so why does it bother me so much? Well it just tugs at the heart-strings almost breaking this old heart of mine just to see the terrible conditions in which some kids are forced to live. It is an ad placed by one of the wonderful organizations through which you can sponsor a child in need. I think this particular ad is for Christian children’s Fund but there are numerous such organizations.
This particular ad really gets to me even more than the others because of the song that accompanies it. The words just stop me in my tracks and make me think ever time I hear it. Keep in mind I am memory guy but the song begins something like this.
“So this is Christmas. Another year has gone and what have you done……..”
It is the “what have you done” that gets me. Some how it seems the years just fly by. When I hear that song and every year when I REALLY stop to think about it, I hum and haw and realize that beyond surviving, I really haven’t done much. Now don’t take me wrong, believe me I know, there are many cases where just surviving is a feat all in itself. I ask though is just surviving really the way we want to live our lives? I really don’t think that just surviving is really the way any of us want to live. There is so much more to this beautiful life of ours and it is all right in front of us. Right there for us to seize upon yet we don’t and another year is gone. WHY? Please just think about that.
PS. Yes, Vi and I are sponsoring a young child