Saturday, February 4, 2012

Wishing My Life Away

When I was still in school, I would start whining about mid-March, loudly wishing it were June and summer vacation. After one of my more long winded sessions, my dad put down his paper and looked at me.

"Marie, life passes quickly enough, don't wish it away."

I didn't understand what he meant at the time, but as I am now past my middle years and stepping into my senior ones, I can, and do, appreciate his wisdom. Yet, I still seem to always be wishing for something: the weekend, vacation, or the golden years of retirement. I believe I will be happier when those moments finally arrive, but will that be true?

I've had hard weekends that made work look easy, vacations from hell, and retirement has a whole slew of other challenges. Is right now so bad I need to wish it away? Better I fill up on today, this moment, this hour. It is a gift, this Present.

Thank You, Lord for this inspiration as I am already wishing the day to be half over, the surprise overtime done and over with, and my short weekend already beginning.  Only with Your strength can I live now - in this moment - looking for ways to serve You rather than feed my self-indulgences. It is true, those who serve find more happiness and contentment than those who only take. Lord, I ask you this day to give me a serving heart, to seek Your will over mine. Amen.

13 comments:

  1. Amen..thank you for posting I needed this..now I am going to get up and enjoy the day!! The sun, my son, the cleaning and the driving to and from..thank you...I need to stop wishing it away, it will be gone before I realize it.

    Have a great day, may you find joy in your Saturday work day...even if it wasn't in your plans. I know that feeling my husband now works seven days a week and I keep wishing for weekends with him..but for now that is what it is, so I need to stop wishing it away,
    Thanks

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  2. Beautiful reminder to live "in the moment" and drink in the beauty that is always around us -- every day!

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  3. Coming back to comment on your comment on my doctor appointment...we are in the same boat, haven't had any insurance in any form for years. Our doctor is very understanding since we pay cash, but going means other needs aren't meet...so it is very hard to justify...I guess once every five years makes it a cheap visit.

    I believe God keeps us well...and my health is in His hands, and I do my part by trying to be wise with my body...so in the end, sometimes I wonder if this isn't the best way to go...relying only on Him.

    Blessings...so understand!

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  4. The older I get the more I realize how quickly time does pass, but still I have been guity of the same thing...wishing a day would be over or wishing for the weekend etc.
    Great reminder to live each day well no matter what the day holds for it could be our last

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  5. I so agree, Janette, we need to be thankful for what we have, even when things are not exactly what we hoped for or planned.

    Thank you for sharing about your situation. It does help to have someone else understand. It is a hard road to travel at times, but you are right, we need to trust Him in all things. It does get easier the more I practice that!

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  6. Judith, thank you for stopping in and commenting. And, you are right, there is beauty everywhere, if we will only take a moment out of our rushing to notice.

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  7. Maryann, you are so right, we never know when this will be our last moment, last hour or last day. After being widowed twice I learned this lesson well. I never leave things unsaid. I shower my family with praise and lots of "I love you"s. Thank you for stopping in and commenting.

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  8. I've had those moments through my life. Developing a servants heart is what healed a broken heart and has made me stronger. Makes me enjoy the day TODAY!
    VERY good words to ponder on;)
    Have a good day!

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  9. Cecilia this is such a timely post and thank you for reminding me that I need to live in the "present" not the past or future.

    I would like to take this moment to let you know that I have selected you to receive the coveted Liebster Blog Award for excellence. The official announcement will be Fri Feb 10th on my blog. I want to thank you for all your encouragement and blessing!! Congrats!!

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  10. Thanks for the important reminder to enjoy the gift of today. We spend too much time wanting sometime in the future to get here, and it does all too quickly. We suddenly realize how much is gone and never know how much more time we have. Lovely post!

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  11. Thank you for stopping in, Kritstin. Yes, when we focus on someone rather than ourselves, our hearts heal much quicker.

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  12. Thank you, Terri for your comment and the award. I have been working so much overtime, I am just now getting to my comments and my e-mails. I'll be checking out your blog this weekend as I do my catching up.

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  13. Yes indeed, Connie. While we are so busy wishing for something else, precious moments we can never get back have been wasted. Thank you for stopping in and commenting!

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