There are many things that we tend to take for granted and not think about very much. Life itself is one of them. That is why the quote in today’s installment of the Jack’s Winning Words blog is so important –
“Every day is a renewal, every morning the daily miracle. This joy you feel is life.” (Gertrude Stein)
Waking up in the morning should not be taken for granted. Not being indifferent about each day will do two things – force you to make the most of today and allow you to be thankful for seeing the morning.
It is a shame that so many people come to that realization so late in life. Perhaps it is the fact that the daily lives of older people tend to slow down, and they have time to think about life. Time and life itself take on increased value as one finally perceives that both are limited. The young think that there will always be a tomorrow and more time to get things done. As one gets older the certainty of that fades and the importance of enjoying what time one has left increases. The youthful sense of entitlement to another day also fades with age and be replaced with a sense of thankfulness to see another morning.
The physical consequences of aging often limit mobility which serves to force one to focus upon what is right around them. Sometimes when one is not so busy “doing”, they have the time to appreciate what they are seeing all around them. It is then that they make begin to see the beauty that they have been overlooking or notice the wonder of some of God’s creation that is right at hand.
If you wake up each morning and take the time to thank God for another day, it will put you in the right frame of mind to make the most of that day, you will be able to feel the joy of life all day long.
Wow, I just realized that I have another day. I’m glad that I had some time to share with you, but I’ve got to go. There’s so much to see.