Friday, March 11, 2011

This Day

We stood in the driveway this morning waving good-bye as the big RV pulled out and headed north. We will see them one more time before they begin the journey home, but good-byes are always sad.

Just an hour or so before they left we heard the news about the terrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan. An unimaginable disaster coming suddenly in the middle of an ordinary day. A day that must have seemed like any other. No need to mark the minutes or do the one thing you would regret leaving undone; no need to say the things that pressed most heavily on your heart. There would be time enough.

As the RV made the turn out of sight I thought about the time we had spent together. In light of the tragedy in Japan, those hours took the form of a precious gift. The conversations around the kitchen table, the long walks, the laughter - all priceless treasure.

I am learning to walk more slowly through my days, to cherish the ordinary moments. I am given this one day. If I have eyes to see, with my focus more outward than inward; if I listen more than I speak; if my heart is turned toward Him, I will live it to its fullest.



  1. I suppose, perhaps, today is the only day we need? I might need to think about that a little. Beautiful reflection, here, Linda. (And welcome back.)

  2. oh, it's so true , Linda.
    Every moment is a gift.

    Hope you had a wonderful visit.

  3. oh yes! We must see each moment as a precious gift. As a victim of one who did not get to say goodbye to a loved one I realize this all the more. Never leave me angry is something we must keep in mind and estrangement from family needs to end. We may never get to tell them goodbye. A wonderful post.

  4. Wonderful as usual. So glad you had such a nice time - was it family or friends? I have been watching the coverage tonight - what an amazing tragedy.Many are thinking of the Lord's return today more than normal.

    Welcome back! I always miss you when you're gone.

  5. each moment a gift to treasure ...

  6. Beautiful perspective amid the chaos of life!

  7. Welcome back! Yes, if we look at each day and each moment as a gift and treasure each one, our life is fuller and the regrets are fewer.
    So glad you had that time with your friends. :)

  8. It really does make you think about each and every day differently. You just never know what each day will bring. Wonderful post Linda and so happy you had a wonderful visit!