In the Blink of an Eye

BlinkTo your eyes a thousand years are like yesterday, come and gone, or like a watch in the night.  You sweep them away like a dream, like grass which is fresh in the morning.  In the morning it sprouts and is fresh; by evening it withers and fades. Psalm 90 4:6 (Grail Version)

Time flies is an expression we hear all the time.  And it’s true. Often, when people talk about their jobs they will say, “This is not what I wanted to do with my life, but I took this job and in the blink of an eye, I was with the company for ten years.  And, with another blink it was twenty. And the next thing I knew, they were giving me a gold watch at retirement.”

It’s sad that they never got to do the things they really wanted to do, the job they dreamed of as a kid.  Time, just past them by so quickly.

In the blink of an eye, something happens by chance, when you least expect it, sets you on a course that you never planned, into a future you never imagined. –Nicholas Sparks

So much of life happens in the blink of an eye.

In the blink of an eye, we fall in love.  One minute your heart is your own, and in the blink of an eye, it belongs to someone else.

In the blink of an eye, a baby is born, and our hearts and lives, as parents, are changed forever.

In the blink of an eye, we get the diagnosis that we have cancer.  And our life is immediately altered and our future is uncertain.

We fight with a loved one; a parent, spouse or adult child, and in the blink of an eye, a traffic accident takes them from us and we never get the opportunity to say we are sorry.

Life changes so quickly. Within the context of eternity, our time on earth is just a blink of God’s eye.

What can we do to savor our time, and squeeze every second out of the time we have?

First, we must live in the moment.  Joy and happiness are in the NOW and we must slow down to appreciate it.  We spend so much time planning for tomorrow that we miss the joy of today.  “Life is a preparation for the future; and the best preparation for the future is to live as if there were none.” — Albert Einstein

Next, we need to let go of the past.  We miss the joy of today, if our minds are in the past. “Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour.” –Walt Whitman

We need to practice gratitude.  We need to appreciate the things we have and resist the “gotta haves” we are bombarded with every day.  “Let your life be free from love of money but be content with what you have, for he has said, I will never forsake you or abandon you.”  Hebrews 13:5

Finally, never pass up an opportunity to say “I love you” or “I’m sorry.”  You may never get another opportunity to do so.  For some, these are hard words to say, but in saying them often, we can live without regrets. “Life can change in the blink of an eye. All you have is right now. So don’t ever put off telling someone how you feel about them, don’t assume that they know, because they might not and it might be too late.” ― Alexandra Potter

Remember, life happens in the blink of an eye, enjoy today, tomorrow will come soon enough.

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