Much of the employment in the area where I live consists of seasonal hospitality, service related jobs. People move in and out of the area frequently and it is not unusual to see personal items lying along the highway because of boxes that have fallen off their truck or trailer.
Recently as I was driving to work my attention was drawn to items scattered along the road that had not been secured. A child’s shoe, toys, clothes, household items. Things that were important or they would not have taken the time to box them up and move them.
It made me sad.
It challenged me think about things we lose, important things that we don’t notice are missing until it’s too late to go back.
Time that we lose with our children (who grow up way too fast) because we are busy with other things. Time we lose with our husbands and wives because we allow other less important things to steal those moments. Time with friends, that phone call we meant to make, the email or text we meant to send, to let them know we were thinking of them, but we don’t. And time goes by and one day our children are grown-up, our marriage has become cold and distant, and our friends have been replaced by things that matter far less…
I realize this paints a dark, depressing scene but it doesn’t have to be that way. If we take the time to check the rear-view mirror of our life frequently to be sure the best things, the valuable things aren’t being left behind. If we take advantage of the brief time we have with our children, take time to spend with our loved ones even when it means saying no to other things that clamor for our attention. Take time to make that call even when it is not convenient. Making and taking time for what is important.
The love of family and admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege. Charles Kuralt
Family is not an important thing. It’s everything. Michael J. Fox
“Is any pleasure on earth as great as a circle of Christian friends by a good fire?” C.S. Lewis