Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Leaf, A Launch, and Living Now

As I absent mindedly walked the dog today thinking of what I’d have for dinner, what I’d post tonight, and what time my kids would be home, I turned a corner and the sun’s rays smacked me right in the face. The bright light made me realize I was doing that thing I can do so well—live every moment except the one I’m in.

I know better.

When I had cancer, I had a big howdy-do with living in the moment. There’s nothing like a cancer diagnosis toput you in the middle of the present. A threat to your life makes you notice the tiniest things, increases your gratitude, helps you value what you already have, and cherish those close to you.

When I returned to the present today, I noticed the leaves are finally beginning to turn, despite the enduring tropical weather here. The tea olives are still exuding their intoxicating scent, and one of my neighbors was helping someone strap a big red couch to the roof of their car—must’ve had a garage sale. I watched the majestic sofa sail out of sight and headed for home glad I’d not missed the launch.

Jesus said in Matthew 6:34, “…do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.”In my walk today, I wasn’t worrying about tomorrow, but I was missing my present. And that’s just about the same.

I snapped a picture of the first leaf of autumn just before Lucy and I ended our walk. Thought you might want to enjoy the moment, too.

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