“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face into the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.” ~ Mary Jean Iron …
Mary speaks so beautifully here, about taking notice of each day of our lives and living them to the fullest. I really like how she personifies “today,” it is almost as if she is talking about a dear friend. And when I look at today as a dear friend, I can relate to what she has to say–let me treasure today, take it lovingly in my embrace before it departs.
At times, it can be difficult for us to embrace our current moments in the day. Perhaps we have a difficulty that came up, or we found out something bad has happened to something or someone we love, or perhaps we look too hard for the grandiose things in life, the things that tend to be important and we will never forget. Big things can be fun, but they can also be stressful. And the reality is that there are so many little things that occur each day in our lives that can make our life worthwhile–if only we allow ourselves to see and appreciate them.
If we can find treasure in each day of our lives, we will find that our memories are full of wonderful and awesome things–things that will bring us joy, happiness, and brightness during the darker moments of our lives. Life is never ordinary. And if we look closely at each day, and learn from it, cherish it, and bless it, we can make it an extraordinary day–a day that will live on in our memories and offer us happiness whenever we need it.
Find treasure in this day.
Questions to consider:
How important are the little things to you? Do you think they would be more important if you noticed them more?
Are you ever so busy or so rushed that you do not notice anything as you go by? What do you think you may be losing when that happens?What does it mean to keep our hearts young? How can we do so?
How can you hold on to each day?
For further thought:
“It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth–and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up–that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross