“Teach us to number our days so that we may truly live and achieve wisdom” (Psalm 90:12)
I thought of a movie I hadn’t thought about in a while. The movie in question was Dead Poets Society and the part of the movie was where Robin Williams’ character tells his students to seize the day.
Then there’s the line from the movie Braveheart that goes something like this: every man dies but not every man truly lives.
That’s all good and great, but what does that look like? I mean, how can I tell if I’m truly living or just existing?
I think it has something to do with being in the moment. That means not looking back with regret or looking forward with anticipation while forgetting to see what’s around you now. That sounds vague and shadowy, but it’s true.
Too many times in the past, I’ve wasted a week looking to Friday and the weekends that never lived up to my expectations. Too many times, I didn’t really see my surroundings because I was waiting to get to the next place. Too often, I missed out on one part of my life because I was so eager to get to the next part.
True wisdom comes from being fully present to where God has you and cultivating the habit of gratitude, learning how to see the blessings around you instead of always seeing what’s wrong with the picture.
I can’t say that I’m always very good at this. Mostly, I suck. But I’m better than I used to be.
I also read something that stuck with me: always celebrate those who are always making forward progress, no matter how slow. I like that, because usually, that’s me– Mister Slow and Steady.
So yay for all of us slow and steady folks out there because we’re the ones who truly win the race.