It hit me. Nor sure if softly or a mighty punch. Any manner very clear. Went like this: Know the difference between the times in which we live and the moments we experience.
Times in which we live…just coursed through MSN.COM and YAHOO.COM. Horrible imbalance, no matter how you are in beliefs. The downers, sags in the balance, are so much stronger with unparalleled frequency. Doesn’t matter to name names, simply the times in which we live truth: life has had better times. Forgive the indulging spin. You can name your own menacing and denigrating times.
A confession: I get caught up waaaay too often with the times and I’m sure, stronger than certainty, they impact me and fuel me and shape the words I at least think if not blatantly speak. Times in which we live.
Then. The moments we experience. Maybe not a good image, but I’d call them the strobe lights, the blinking verities that happen. What I hope? I hope they’re not absent in your day. Sure they blink. But, no less. They inspire.
Last week walking Caleb our Cavalier and Copper our Yellow Lab, I was so caught up in the times Jason and Diane and honestly, so many of us are living in prayers hoping for Jason’s recovery. Three houses away a white car backed out of the driveway. I didn’t know these neighbors. It then hit me. I waved and asked the lady to stop. She said her name was Jennifer. I introduced myself and Caleb and Copper. And I asked her for prayers for Jason. She thanked me.
Then. She wrote an e-mail saying she and her husband, Greg, and their two dogs would pray for Jason and asked to be kept current on Jason’s condition. Which, a moment to cherish, the neurosurgeon removed the drainage tube in his brain yesterday and said the CT Scan was encouraging. A good step along the recovery road. Still, it was a cherished moment that Jennifer and Greg will pray for Jason.
Then, at the post office, the bank, the dental office, the vet shop, the grocery store, I’m asked about Jason. Those friends, most of whom I don’t know their last name, are so precious. THOSE are the moments that become stronger than the times. To have people care. To have people pray. To have people inquire for the good of Jason…and for us…and for themselves!
Because in a powerful way having the moments we experience make more impacting than the times in which we live…ah, maybe the best definition of carpe diem.