(According to the Genius Bar at the Apple store, the display on my Mac is starting to die. Hopefully it will take a long time to do that, but it’s inevitable. I guess that gives me time to think about what I’m going to do about it. Maybe the Computer Gods are telling me to spend less time online and more time out in the real world. Whaddyathink?)
Nothing lasts forever. (Well, I guess death does.) Okay, almost nothing lasts forever. Although some things seem like they do, like boring lectures and driving across South Dakota. On the other hand, some things should last forever but don’t, like clean houses and dyed hair. And good times.
Have you ever had a day that you wished would never end? Where you floated through every moment with a smile on your face, amazed and grateful that you were there? I’ve had a few days like that, times where I had to continually remind myself to enjoy every second, to revel in the sheer pleasure of being there, because all too soon it would be over.
I have a bad habit of looking ahead, forgetting to enjoy what’s directly in front of me. But on those perfect days, I force myself to be in the present, to not waste one second thinking about how sad I’ll be when it’s over.
And once it IS over, I try to remember every moment (that’s when I wish I still kept a journal). I relive every part of that day, smiling over the joy it brought. Of course I wish I could repeat that day – and maybe someday I will. But for now, all I can do is look back and be grateful that it happened, and draw on those good memories to sustain me through the not-so-good times.
I had a couple of those days recently. And I’m still smiling. I’m also trying not to think about how long it will be until I have a day like that again. For now, I’m enjoying the gift.
Wishing you a day as perfect as mine were…