Today, Now …not tomorrow, but Now! – Reflection of the Month
Today while driving, I had myself an ‘Ah Ha’ moment … for the first time I realised that I was not truly appreciating each day for what it was. Yes, I’m maximising each day – by doing this and doing that – but honestly, I was not appreciating and being truly thankful for each moment.
Just to give some insight, I was asked to dog-sit, yes, dog-sit! … and not realising the responsibility, I said yes; I mean, how difficult could it be? After all, while growing up we had a minimum of three dogs at any given time. However, the big difference being we had help taking care of the dogs, and as kids our sole responsibility was to just play with the with dogs, and I mean it when I say just ‘play’. Feeding, scooping poop or walking the dog was absolutely optional, and someone else’s responsibility.
To my surprise – at first irritation – and then slowly, comprehension, I realised what a big responsibility it was to dog-sit; and how it required a change in my life and schedule for two whole weeks; and it made me wonder how wives and mothers cope? There I was wanting to get married, thinking I’m fully ready take it on, warts and all … however, this experience made me realise that while I may be maximising my time as a single lady, travelling and building my career, I was not valuing the time I had to myself to time to do anything and absolutely nothing i.e. think of feeding anybody else or cleaning after them!
As today marks the end of the two weeks … I’m reminded to value and appreciate the time I have to lie on the couch peacefully, go to the gym at whatever time and eat whatever I want. As we long for God to change our states in life, be it to wife, mother or international high-flying entrepreneur …remember to value today and this minute.
The guarantee we have is this present moment we have … “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” James 4:13-14
Reflections, July ’08