Tuesday, October 18, 2011

What I'm leaving

Just as I hope my reading audience will take away some inspiration or encouragement from this blog at some second in their rapid pace, I too draw revelations from the written ponderings of others- the beauty of reflection.  I have to make myself do it- sit down when it's quiet and think.  When I do, I can hear flashes of importance like this:

Time is like thin ice. Our days are spent living like ants in a mound, collecting our substance to survive the winter; to retire in comfortable plaid pants, blue socks, and golf shoes. All the while, the ice is melting, thin and slick. We don’t notice it until struck with tragedy. We or a friend are mangled in a car wreck, and we reflect on how fragile the whole thing is. Our wives and our children become beautiful again. Our priorities change as we realize we are temporary beings.  -An excerpt from Donald Miller's blog selected from his book, Through Painted Deserts.

Life is swiftly giving and taking away breaths, minutes, and years from us.  We must remember to take care of the important things people, before we slip through the frozen pond, cracked with unexpected events.  

Give yourself away and love doing it!  We've all heard the warning, "You can't take it with you."  So then, isn't it more essential to pay attention to what you'll be leaving

What I hope to leave to my kids is the memory of a mom who made time to take care of them, to teach them, to listen to them, and love them- even when it wasn't easy.  To my husband, I leave my true commitment, lots of laughter, mutual love, and a fulfilled promise.  And I want to leave my friends and family with the joy of knowing someone thought of them, prayed for them, and never forgot them.

Bottom line: Live your best, without regrets.  It makes the going easier.

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