I was listening to that great Jim Croce tune, Time in a Bottle, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1YxczPEPrs) the other day and the line “If I could save time in a bottle, the first thing that I’d want to do”, kept playing in my mind.
What would I do if I could stop time in a bottle? And not just to stop time so that I had more time to finish my chores but what moments in time would I like to have stopped in order to savor?
The first thing that popped was my children at ages 3 and 4. It was such a time of discovery and innocence and I know I didn’t always see it that way. Why? Because I was exhausted trying to keep up with them and all the other things that were in my life at that time.
Then I fast forwarded to their high school years. It wasn’t until their graduation day that I realized just how fast time had flown by. It didn’t seem possible they were graduating…hadn’t they just started kindergarten? Letting my memory journey over those 12 years I realized more than at any other time in my life that moments pass far too quickly and had to question how I had passed far too many of them.
But the rub comes when I realize that even though I had this great AHA moment, I am not sure I changed how I set priorities or savored the ordinary moments of my life. You see I am very good at cramming a lot of moments into one day and soon they just blur together and become another check off my to-do list.
So today, knowing this and having reflected on the prophetic Croce song, will I do things differently?
Time will tell, but I do know that I cannot stop time in a bottle or anywhere else except my heart. It’s my choice.
What about you? How do you savor the moments of your life? Do you?
Well, for today, I am going to savor my time with my grandsons as we go on an adventure together – all day!