I woke this morning realizing I have only 86,400 seconds today to center my thoughts on you.
That’s how I enjoy using my time, because, let’s be real, you are a one-of-a-kind adventure, my love, a real joy-giver. My friends swear daily meditation keeps them grounded, but I prefer to focus my attention on you. Remembering your smile makes me smile, and I laugh every time I replay your silly jokes in my head.
Each day time credits me with 86,400 seconds. It seems like a lot, but if I misuse a second, the loss is mine. There is no going back. So right now I open myself to imaginings of you. Come and live in my thoughts today, my dear. The sea is calm when I’m adrift in reverie of you.
I can’t imagine where winter’s gone. A few days ago I would swear I was home raking leaves onto a battered tarpaulin that has seen its better days, and now I’m watching D. L. Hughley crash and burn on the new season of Dancing with the Stars. I know that time is passing, because I set my clock to Daylight Savings Time, but this is ridiculous. Time is getting away from me at breakneck speed.
The psalmist asked for a favor. He prayed, “Lord, let me know my end, and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is” (Psalm 39:4).
I guess it helps to grasp that life is brief, and to appreciate the fact that we have a limited amount of time to accomplish our life’s purpose here. It’s alright to waste a little time with friends when you need to chill, but waste too much and you may short-change yourself some priceless seconds you can’t get back at the end. Saul Bellow’s rallying cry for the fifties middle-class in America still fits. You’d better seize the day!