Every year as the holidays come round I find myself taking stock of my life. Does how I spent my time in 2013 accurately reflect what I claim to be most important to me?
Usually this mental exercise nudges me to make a few mid-course corrections.
Today I have added reason for reflection. Today the urgency of life is staring me in the face .
Two women whom I greatly admire, are dealing with opposite ends of life’s continuum. This morning, as I am writing this post, one family, thirty miles northeast, is gathering at St. Michael’s Church, in Andover, for the funeral of the family matriarch. This lovely woman died after a long and fruitful life, having touched many people’s lives, not just in her family, but throughout her community. Among what she has left behind are two strong women, made in her image.
Meanwhile, thirty miles to my west, in a lakeside cottage in Ashburnham, another family is gathered to celebrate the first birthday of a beautiful baby boy. He has also touched many lives and he has drawn two families together as one. His whole life is an adventure that lies before him.
What I write about everyday in this blog, is what lies between our first day and our last. How does how we live impact the lives of those around us? Are we, and our actions, a source of encouragement to others? Do we spur people to excel, to love, to care? Are you leaving the world a better place than it was when you arrived?
Take some time to dwell on this today. It may be time to make a mid-course correction of your own.