Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Don't miss a moment...

I could not help but giggle…at least in my head.  Four men dressed in their khaki-tan YMCA maintenance team uniforms edged their way over to the wall outside GYM A.  "Let's see... Thursday... Okay… well look here.  There is a group cycling class Thursday," said the first and tallest of them.  "What is that?" said the youngest of the four.  As the explanation of the class began to roll off first guy's tongue, the third grinned and said, "so, what?  You're gonna sign up for a class now?"  "Well, maybe," said the first. "Or what about this one?" said the youngest, moving in closer to peer at the schedule.  The first took another look and then, with a hint of either sarcasm or excitement replied, "there we go... Wednesday and Thursday next week."  The younger guy said in all seriousness, "gosh, I don't know if I'm ready for that yet.". The fourth, who had been hanging back, now chirped in, "well you know, you could go to a class today." Quickly, tall guy and young guy started listing off the reasons why it just couldn't happen today.  "I don't have my bag." "Um, well, I didn't bring my clothes." "Nope, don't have time today." And once again, "I just don't think I'm ready for that yet."

At first I giggled inside and grinned on the outside.  And then I thought to myself, “boy, these sound like familiar excuses...”

I am sure I could not even count the number of times I let a little excuse stand in the way of doing something good…or great…or amazing…or just what I needed to do.

an oldie, but a goodie, just for fun
Maybe I should get outside and go for a run.  Oh, nope, I just don’t think I’m ready for’s too cold yet.  Maybe I should take a photography class…nope, I just don’t have time.  "Play Barbies, Eliana, right now, before I get to the dishes?"…Um no, I really need to get to the dishes, besides I didn’t bring my imagination with me today.  Maybe I ought to ask that nice woman I just met to go out for a coffee.  Oh, gee, I can’t, I don’t have my calendar with me.   I really ought to write a love note of encouragement to Ken.  Nope, I don’t have my adequate levels of gush with me today.  Maybe I should go talk to that person; she looks kind of lonely.  No, I didn’t bring my courage today.  I should sit with Zac and look at the comics he’s made.  Ummm, I’d love too, but it will take a lot of time and I just don’t think I have my full patience or attention available.  I really need to sit and pray for a while.  Oh sorry, I just don’t have time.  I need to give up junk food.  I really just don’t think I’m ready for that today…I’ll start tomorrow.  "A bike ride, Ben?"  Ummmm…thanks, but I don’t have my energy for that.

How many moments have I missed?  How many more will I miss?  Moments that make up a lifetime of memories.  I really shouldn’t let too many more slip by.   With that in mind, I'm not even going to edit this post.  Instead, I’m off to snuggle with my man.

Goodnight and thanks for reading!

1 comment:

  1. Oh these excuses, er - I mean reasons, sound familiar! (Especially the running one!) This is the second reminder I've gotten today to cherish the moments...time to get off this computer and start paying attention! Thanks!


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