One day

The best thing about the future is it comes one day at a time.~ Abraham Lincoln

This last week has been a whirlwind. With so much happening in my life and all around me, it is hard to slow down and catch a breath. I pushed myself hard this week in preparation for enforced rest that will be coming soon. I am so not looking forward to that time. But for now, I shall keep pushing every day.

I’ve met some amazing people in the last few months in addition to reconnecting with people from my past. I was thinking on the airplane Friday about how rich my life has become. And how I would never had met these people if I hadn’t been forced to slow down. Through social media, I’ve made friends with people around the globe. Every day, I now get a peek into how other people see the world. It fascinates me how many different, yet similar, perspectives my friends have. I had no idea that one of my childhood friends, whom I’ve considered an introvert for over 40 years, is actually quite the extrovert. It wasn’t until I took the time to “chat” with this person that I realize how much time had shaped us.

Jumping to greater community, I’m amazed at how people are helping each other. My state experienced enormous loss due to fire in June and is now being inundated with rain, leading to widespread flooding. I’ve lived here 11 years and watched as the community seemed to rend itself over ideological issues. On the news a few minutes ago there was a story about how people have set their differences aside and opened their homes, churches and other places of refuge to those in need. I just kept thinking it would be great if these same people could remain side by side when the regular day-to-day living conditions return.

I don’t know if George Strait is a fan of Abraham Lincoln, but it seems they share a philosophy. Strait sung “life’s not the breaths you take but the moments that take your breath away” a few years ago. Build your day around the moments. Take each day as it comes. I bet you’ll find your life in richer than you ever imagined.

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