Thursday, August 16, 2007

Changes, life, living in the present

I just ran into an old friend, in of all places, McDonald's.
She told me her "baby" is a senior -- started school today.
Boy, that makes me feel old. I remember being one of his VBS teachers in the preschooler/early elementary classes.
It's been months, maybe even more than a year since we saw each other.
She asked me to pray for her, because this year is full of changes. ...
....Her mom & dad have both passed away in the last year;
.....They are having to sell the "family" home (in another state).
.....Her son's a senior, and will be headed off to college soon.

This, among other things, has left her feeling as if things are "coming to an end."

How often I have felt this way. Wow.
How often I'm a "half-glass" empty, rather than "full" person.
I look toward the end, instead of looking toward the future.

I encouraged her to think of this as a new beginning. It was also a chance to live in the moment. How fun to have a senior in high school in 2007. Rather than be sad, rejoice and celebrate in all of the "firsts" which will take place this year. I mean, you only have one "senior year in high school."
It's also a chance to start "dating" her husband again. Wow...ok, since I've never been married, I'm not sure where that came from. But I know this is a chance to dive into the relationship again, not as "teenagers" in love, but as adults, with your best friend.

Oh to live in the present, rather than the past. I'm like that though. I worry about the future, and what it holds. I worry that I'm not doing what I'm supposed to, and that I don't know where I'm headed.

I get so consumed by worry about the future, I forget to celebrate in today, the present. The smile the Starbucks barista gave me, the chance meeting of a friend, the phone call with good news, winning a gifty certificate to one of my favorite scrapbook stores.

Sometimes, we need to look to the future. We need to think about what is to come.
But for now, I pray I continue to think about today, and the joy and wonder around me.
I hope I never become so jaded I do not smile when I see something beautiful. Or that I am in too much of a hurry to wish someone a "have a good day" with a smile.

Oh, to celebrate in the everyday, and not just the "big things."


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