Thursday, 6 May 2021

What Is Your Life?

While sitting in my parent’s living room overlooking their balcony and the Ottawa River early one morning, house quiet except for that incessant ringing in my ears, I was struck again with the brevity of life. As the morning mist rose off the river, blocking the view of the Gatineau Hills of Quebec on the opposite shore, I was reminded of how short life really is. Suddenly that question in James came to the forefront, “What is your life?”

No doubt we’ve all heard some variety of that somber saying, “the older we get the faster life goes,” but it has never really struck me as frequently as it has since finding myself north of sixty. If I see my seventies, perhaps it will get worse yet.

While I believe that to be true, and while it is easy to dwell on perceived shortcomings and should-have’s, I am preferring rather to try and come at this thing called life from a different angle. Good or bad, the past is the past. “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending” (attributed to C.S. Lewis). Maybe that’s the better way to look at these things.

Yes, James was right; life is “a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” Still, that fact doesn’t have to be a downer; it can also be a celebration. For people of faith there is also a blessed eternal hope that transcends this mist called life. So here’s to today. I hope you can take some time to celebrate your mist. Cheers!

“Every moment is a fresh beginning.”
T.S. Eliot

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