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August 5, 2010

Embrace the Moment

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

A moment!  How long is a moment?  We use the expression often.  “Just a moment.”  “That was a moment to remember.”  “She is not here at the moment.”  “Could you wait just a moment?”  What do we mean by these expressions?

How do we define a moment?  Is it a fraction of a minute?  Is it a specific point in time, especially the present time?  Interesting word, isn’t it?  I have reflected on the word to determine what it means in my daily living.  For my use of the word, I believe I am implying a particular point in time; an indefinite period of time.  For instance, if I should tell of a family time that brought special joy, I might say, “It was such a special moment.”  I was not speaking of length of time but of an event or experience, whether it lasted five minutes or five hours.  The word simply suggests to me that it is a present period of time and experience — a moment!

With that thought in mind, I realized how many moments there are in my daily life.  There are a multitude of periods of time in my life which I need to capture.  That moment — I need to embrace it and enjoy it.  That particular moment will never return.  I must seize the moment of now —  whatever it might be!  I believe that most of us use the word to imply a happening or event.  As I have suggested, we might say, “That was one of the most wonderful moments in my life.”  It could be a reference to attendance at a awards ceremony, or having been able to visit with some special person.  It might even be a way of describing that quiet time sitting on the beach as the sun began to set.  We often call such times a “moment.”

In 1955, one of the most popular songs was Moments to Remember by the Four Lads.  It  speaks of recalling certain moments in life.

The New Year’s Eve we did the town
The day we tore the goalpost down
We will have these moments to remember.
The quiet walks, the noisy fun
The ballroom prize we almost won
We will have these moments to remember.
Though summer turns to winter
And the present disappears
The laughter we were glad to share
Will echo through the years.
When other nights and other days
May find us gone our separate ways
We will have these moments to remember.

Perhaps as one journeying in the winter months of life, moments are more meaningful than when I was younger. Most of us were so busy earning a living, raising a family, caring for a home, and a myriad of other things, that we did not have the time — or take the time — to “smell the roses.”  And, we missed the moment!  Perhaps some of the most treasured moments of our life!  Those special moments occurred again and again, but we did not recognize the significance of them.  And we can never go back and revisit that moment!

These days, I realize how important and precious every moment is.  I see life change because of sickness or age; I grieve as friends pass away; and I realize how quickly time passes.  Thus, I want to savor those moments with my wife, our children, grandchildren, friends, watching the sunset, observing the fluttering of the butterflies, smelling the rain, enjoying the laughter at a group gathering,  and my list would go infinitum.  What I desire is to be very conscious of all of life and joy about me, and embrace every moment!

As one who has come to that time in life where I understand the importance of every moment, I want to encourage you.  Have you thought about your day? What moments will you encounter?  Will you realize that you can never recapture the moments of the day ahead?  With every moment in your day, reflect and consider the importance of it.  Today – – now — is the most important moment of your life. With no promise of tomorrow, live the moments! Moments are the texture of memories.  This is what life really is — countless moments!  Don’t miss the joy of any of them.   Embrace every moment this day!

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  (Psalm 118:24)



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