“Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.” ~ Seneca
The days are growing shorter.
Emily and I were reviewing her first homework assignment last Wednesday evening when she noticed the sun was already setting. I looked out the kitchen window and was surprised to see how dark it was so early in the evening.
It’s still summer by the calendar, but its days are numbered.
Before summer leaves, I want to be sure to show my gratitude for the gifts it gave to my family. Caitlin graduated from college and then moved to Miami to start a new life there. Prior to that, we enjoyed a beautiful week at the beach. The summer also gave us some extra time with Andrew and it provided the opportunity for Brandon to come home for a long weekend.
The summer shined on us. We savored it. Now my home is settling into a quieter routine and I can feel a change in me as well.
While there are still new goals and more adventures ahead of me, I feel myself moving into a period of savoring. I’m more aware of time’s non-stop charge forward. I recognize each moment is a gift. My intent is to savor every moment as I wait excitedly for the next one to come.
Sometimes the simple path to savoring every moment is realizing the sun is setting a little earlier each day. I realize my days are growing shorter and I can’t turn back time, but I can savor what I have been given today.
Autumn will soon be here. Mary Beth is working hard to make sure our family Christmas vacation at Disney World goes without a hitch. Brandon continues to build his career, and life; Andrew’s focus is on his grades and baseball; Emily is staying busy with a full docket of school activities, dance classes and singing lessons and my wife has a trip planned to Miami to give our daughter a helping hand.
And for me?
I will be right here with an eye toward the western sky watching the days grow shorter.
Savoring every moment.
What is A Simple Path?
This post is in A Simple Path, a series of short pieces inspired by my own life experiences. Each post is a simple path to experiencing something wonderful: maybe seeing life from a different perspective, or celebrating its beauty. Click here to read all posts in the series.