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Thursday, March 01, 2012
Sand in the Hourglass
Sad news today. Andrew Breitbart is dead
at the very young age of 43.He was a
tireless champion of truth and fighting against the liberal media propaganda
machine.But....this post isn't really
about Breitbart.There will be plenty of
people who can recap the life and importance of what Breitbart has accomplished
and what his work means to all of us.
This post is about something that I and my husband have
discussed and have been thinking about more and more as time goes on.All around us we see friends and family
getting older.Sometimes with grace. Sometimes not, railing against the enviable
and denying the reality of age.We see
our friends and family facing failing health, failing minds and eventually
We see ourselves.
We are all born with a certain amount of sand in our
hourglass.We have been allotted just so
much time here on earth.
What happens after the sand runs out? Who knows. Doesn't matter.
What matters is what you do and how you act now.
It is obvious to us that at the ages of 62, that there is
now more sand in the bottom of our hourglass than there can be remaining in the
top.How much sand?Who knows?We may have just a few grains left.We may have many more years of sand to enjoy.
One thing for certain is that the sand in the top of our
hourglass is worth more to us NOW than it was 50 years ago.In those days the sand was something we
didn't think about.There was an endless
amount of sand to be wasted and frittered away.
We didn't appreciate the meaning of the sand in the
hourglass because it was full on the top.
Now that the sand is running out, every day is a treasure to
be appreciated.We don't have the luxury
of being oblivious to life.Wasting
the remaining grains on meaningless anger.With people you don't like.On
drudgeries that can be avoided.
I plan to use my remaining sand on the little, peaceful
things that make me happy.Spend my
grains of sand by being with people that I love.
Enjoying the activities that may not be changing the world
or impacting society.Just appreciating
that each day and each grain of sand is a precious gift.
Today: I will read a book.Bake an apple tart with the remaining summer apples from the trees in
our orchard.Throw some grain to the
quail in the snow and from my office window, watch the woodpeckers and great
northern flickers enjoy the suet squares in wire baskets nailed to the trees. Perhaps finish a knitting project and peruse
my craft books to plan the next one.I
will call a good friend who is in assisted living, because tomorrow, her sand may run out.
I will enjoy cocktails and dinner and conversation with my
husband.Snuggle together under our warm
down comforter with the cat trying to sleep in the middle of the bed while it
I will be thankful that we still have some sand left and
appreciate every grain.