Sunday, September 23, 2012
Everyday everybody misses something. There is just so much stuff going on around us that it is invariably going to happen. You will miss something.
What’s really important is to not miss the truly important things.
The TV commercial can wait – listen to the child. Since when is the flat screen of the computer more important than a beautiful sunset? Choose a picnic in a park over reading one more political headline and I bet you will be glad you did.
In fact, why are you watching that TV show that you said was boring 15 minutes ago? Why are you still reading that book after 5 chapters of wondering if it was going to get any better? Why are you still messing around on the computer when you said you were going for a walk? Why do you have a bucket list of stuff you will do someday? Someday is now. Turn off the TV, toss the book aside, shut down the computer, and don’t make another list where you will cross off three things and then chuck the “note to self” in recycling.
Being informed is one thing. Filling our mind with clutter to the point that what’s really important is squeezed out, is entirely a different matter. Take time to read to a toddler, toss a ball for a dog, listen to the birds sing, plant a tree, pet a cat, or take an evening stroll with your special someone and enjoy the sunset. Don’t spend time thinking about what you want to do. Don’t make plans for "someday trips". Don’t miss the important things – go do it now!
So teach us to count our days
that we may gain a wise heart.
Psalm 90:12 NRSV