This week I was reminded of the story “Our Town” about a young woman, Emily, who died young and was given the opportunity to “go back” and witness a time in her life. She chose her 12th birthday party. At the party she watched as everyone around her was so busy, busy making arrangements for the party. At one point she pleaded, mom, look at me, don’t you see me?
Then later that day I was at a restaurant and I watched as four people, possibly two young couples, sat down and promptly pulled out their smart phones, busy looking up something or other and not paying attention to each other, not talking with each other, not noticing the windy day, not looking like they were enjoying themselves on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.
In Ecclesiates 3, it reminds us that there is a time for everything. The verse outlines a variety of things we need to make time for – to mourn and to dance, to weep and to laugh, to love and to hate. It reminds us there is a time for everything, but not everything at once.
One line says, “What do workers gain from their toil? 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart…” What do you suppose is meant by this?
I once took a trip to Alaska and when I arrived I finally understood the meaning of the word “awesome.” Everything around me was so grand, so beautiful, so breathtaking. The sky was the bluest blue, the mountains so strong and tall and the ocean, all visible from one place.
Yes, the trip was magnificent. But, I think that’s the meaning of the above passage, we need to take the time to absorb the everyday moments. It is about the awesome beauty in the everyday world that will pass us by, if we don’t take a moment to notice. You get nothing out of being too busy.
We don’t always get to go on a trip where everything is incredible and the magnificence hits you over the head to make you realize the beauty in the world. We need to make memories when we sit down to dinner with friends, enjoy a simple birthday party, or walk on the beach. Nothing is mundane. Life will be mundane only if you let it. Stop multi-tasking and make memories instead.
Blessings and Namaste,
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