On Saturday I watched my nephew graduate from college. I sat in the auditorium and tried to put myself in the shoes of the parents watching their kids walk across the stage. I imagined that the emotions ranged from "Thank God!" to "When did my baby get to be so grown up?"
On Sunday I received word that a family member may not live through the week. He's a husband, father, grandfather, uncle, retired successful businessman, avid outdoorsman, has great dimples and a deep voice I loved to listen to when I was little.
Both events have impressed upon me how fast time flies, and how I really don't stop and appreciate it enough. As I've commented before on my blog, I'm usually too obsessed with my to-do list. I suck at living in the moment.
Which is rather short-sighted of me, considering the only guarantee I have in life is right now. With a full-time day job, a writing gig, and my family, the demands on my time aren't going to go away. So my new mantra: slow down and enjoy right now.
"Doing is never enough if you neglect being." - Eckhart Tolle