My heart is full as I think about all of the many blessings in my life. This past week has been one of reflection. I learned that a good friend has a brain tumor. She is so positive and full of faith. I’m grateful for her example and pray for things to go well for her as she faces this challenge. I also learned of the death (self-inflicted) of another acquaintance. We hadn’t spoken in a while but the last time we did her struggle was evident and I’m so sad that circumstances brought her to the place where that became her reality. My heart aches for her loved ones and I will miss her bright smile and enthusiasm.
Life isn’t easy. As I’ve thought about these two situations, I can’t help but think about the fleeting nature of this earthly life. We just never know how many tomorrows there will be or what kind of challenges will face us. My only conclusion is that I need to live my life with more purpose. I want to make every today the best that it can be. I don’t want to find myself at the end of my life, be it next week (let’s hope not) or 50 years from now, regretting wasted time.
Of course, wasted time will be defined differently by each of us based on our priorities, goals, etc. I never consider time spent with my family or friends to be wasted, although there are times when I could frame that time in a way that better serves us. And I guess that is what it basically boils down to–am I using my resources (time, money, knowledge, food, my physical body, by spiritual nature, etc.) in a way that really serves the life I want.
On a separate but somewhat related note: I do not eat in a way that is likely to help me reach my weight loss/health/fitness goals. I really have some food issues that are fairly deep seeded. But mainly….I just really like it. Thanksgiving is my favorite of holidays. I’m already salivating over my brother’s pumpkin pie, and the chocolate pudding dessert my mom makes, and dressing, and creamy whipped potatoes in the same bite as succulent dark turkey (you see the problem to which I refer?). Well, as a counter measure I have agreed to photograph every thing (yes, every single thing) that I eat or drink (except for water) that I consume between Thursday and Sunday. So….look forward to some fairly boring, but really tasty looking (albeit small portioned 🙂 ) photos of everything I put in my gullet. 🙂 Have a great holiday!