All time, whether passing quickly or traveling slowly by, is a gift that should never be taken for granted.
I heard the expression “time passes quickly” many times before, but never did I really understand what it meant for me personally until recently. When I look back, I realize it was five years ago I experienced a significant transformation in my life, where I felt like my entire life was falling apart around me. My marriage, my family, my career… my way of life really.
Everything I counted on each day from the time I woke up in the morning until my head hit the pillow at night was gone. Gone in a matter of weeks. I wasn’t sure I would survive, but I continued to get up each morning. I thought of all the people who had it worse than I did, and I persevered. That scene from the movie “The Pursuit of Happiness” where Will Smith is sitting on the floor of the subway bathroom with his son and his suitcase made me realize that I was blessed. Where ever I was in my life, there was always going to be someone in a much worse situation than I was. It was hard not to be grateful.
I looked around and began to take stock of the things that filled me up. I had my health, my beautiful son, a mode of transportation, a roof over my head and food on my table, and I had my friends.
My life is blessed with the most amazing friends, who when I turned 40 threw me a suprise birthday party. I cried tears of happiness as I realized at that moment of suprise how truly blessed I am. Earlier that evening, I pictured a quiet dinner with the three of us… Which turned into a private dinner party of 20. That is a memory I will cherish forever.
The past five years have taught me many lessons. Some days I wish time would go a little slower so I could savor every minute. Some days I wish time would go faster so I can put the pain behind. Time is relative, but we should never forget… every minute of every day… is a gift. It is a gift we should not squander. It is meant to be filled with experiences that make us grow and experience life to it’s fullest.
Time heals all wounds… it really does… if you allow it to. Time apart from those you love makes you cherish every moment you have together. It doesn’t always even matter what you are doing, as long as you are in their presence. Time and space have their meaning, and we all have to respect that… even those of us who lean toward a need for instant gratification.
It is the most quiet times in our lives, when we feel like we are waiting for something, that cause us to reflect… To go deep inside and discover who we are, and what we are meant to be in this world. To reflect on our past, experience our present, and ponder our future.
I have grown to respect the gift of time. It is a gift that should not be looked upon lightly, but cherished. Make every moment matter.
Love and Light,