I read a quote the other day from Steven Lavine. It went like this: “If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call to make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?”
That got me thinking about my life and how quickly time passes. As a child it seemed I would never grow up. Then suddenly I was. Even at 20, 30, 40, it seemed like I had all the time in the world. Life was just really beginning as I grew into myself. I lost people of course. Some walked away, some moved away, and some left the planet expectedly and unexpectedly. But still, I carried on secure in the knowledge that I had time.
The truth is that we don’t know how much time we have and we can take nothing for granted. Life is busy. Lots of things get in the way. But most of the things that get in the way aren’t really all that important. We put far more value on our schedules and to do list than is warranted. Especially today with all the technology and conveniences available to us you would think we’d have more time. But all these things just make life more complicated and we don’t even realize it.
When is the last time you whiled away an evening just sitting on the porch talking to your family, friends, and neighbors? Most houses don’t even have porches anymore. A testament I suppose to our busy lives. Even home builders recognize that we no longer treasure those special moments of connection with the people around us. We have privacy fences to cocoon us in our small little worlds where we feel safe. We have more interaction with the television and the computer than we do with our friends and neighbors.
I think we always believe that we can do it tomorrow. Tomorrow we’ll make time after we take care of all the things on our list today. Tomorrow we can squeeze in a few minutes, just not today. Tomorrow we can……But what if tomorrow never comes? Does it really matter if the house doesn’t get cleaned today, the car doesn’t get washed, and the email doesn’t get sent?
So, I’ll ask you: “If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call to make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?”