Remember how, as a kid, time seemed to just drag by? Especially if we had some big event to look forward to? Why does that change when we grow up? Now, time just seems to fly by, the years literally zip past us rapidly increasing succession and we wake up one day to say, “Where did the time go?!” and “What did I miss?”
Maripat and I raised four children. Today they are all grown and leading lives of their own. Three are married and we now have 6 grandchildren. It just hit me that our oldest daughter will be 40 this year, and soon, our “baby” will be 30. Whaat!?!? If we aren’t careful with it, time can begin to feel like a thief!
I recently read something from Joanna Gaines that perfectly capsulizes my perspective on this “time goes by too fast” thing…
“It’s always been my nature to reflect on the past and linger there a while. I find myself thinking about what I will miss and how life is just moving too fast. This whole time thing can feel like a thief if you let it.
I’m challenging myself in this new year to live for now. The present. Taking in every breath, every sight, and sound and holding it dearly. Not thinking about how the good ol’ days have passed us by or how the best is yet to come. But that right now, this very second, this is the gift. These are the days. These are the moments. And I’m gonna breathe them all in.
If there’s pain and sorrow, or happiness and hope, let it in and then let it out. I want to enjoy the now because it’s the only thing we can actually embrace. I want to hold it carefully. Hold it thoughtfully. I want to rid myself of the little distractions because I have found that these are the thieves that steal our moments and rob our days. But time, time is our most precious gift.”
– Joanna Gaines
Amen, Joanna! Here’s to a 2019 where we notice–and relish–all the little gifts that come into our lives!
And that’s my perspective.
Judge Jim Powers
J.L. Powers & Associates