At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent. Barbara Bush
Meditation: Our time with each other is very precious. We can exchange times spent at jobs, owning certain possessions or having certain successes and reaching certain dream destinations. However, we cannot exchange the time we spend with those who we love and cherish. Today I regret not traveling with my Dad who wanted to show me the village where he grew up in. Back then I was in my early thirties, busy with building my career and my life. My Dad was coming towards the end of his life, in remission in between battling cancer. I was foolish not to accept his invitation. He had taken both my brothers, and now he wanted to take my sister and me. And I missed the moment. Somehow I felt that I had all the time in the world, not realizing that my father’s life time was bending towards its end. I think I was in denial. I think I was young and too preoccupied to notice the preciousness of that moment in time. Today I wish I could go back and spend time with him. Wherever he would want to take me, I would go. Today I am twenty years older – and maybe a little wiser. I am aware that I have only three more years with my teenage girls living under one roof with me. If they still want to spend time with me, I will take them up on it. I cherish every moment. I have learned my lesson with my Dad. Certain moments only come once in a lifetime. I don’t want to miss them.
Prayer: God, forgive us where we have taken time for granted. Forgive our thoughtless ways of wasting time, missing time, forgetting time or packing time so full that we miss those moments with our loved ones. Fill us with a new humility that does not take time for granted. Nor loved ones. Nor friends. Nor parents, nor partners and nor children. And if it is Your will, let us spend time with each other today, tomorrow and the day after. Amen
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the LORD’s will, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:13