Earlier today I was making (ah, cooking at its finest!) hard boiled eggs. I had used the timer so I would not forget them. When I heard the ding-ding, ding-ding (which goes on for a full minute to get my attention) I could scarcely believe that block of time had passed so quickly. And so it is true of many of our moments.
In a reflection I read several days ago the writer spoke about being a future-oriented person. He acknowledged that is not inherently bad, but said that in always looking forward he may miss those things – those gifts – which are right in front of him. He spoke of the line from Psalm 118, “This is the day the Lord has made” and said that he puts emphasis on the first word, on this. He writes “That single word ‘this’ is often the reminder I need. This is the day that God has made and given to me, to all of us, as a gift. This is the day that will have the power to bless, if I let it. This is the day I can make a difference in the world, even if only one small corner of it, if I choose to. This is the day to enjoy, if I will allow myself to. Not tomorrow. Or next year. This day.”
This week I also received an email from a friend that circulates from time to time about an accomplished violinist who had played his music outside at the Washington D.C. Metro Station. He played intricate pieces on a valuable instrument. And people rushed on by. Perhaps they were dismissing this “street musician” as unworthy of their time or attention. Perhaps they were so lost in their own thoughts and to-do lists that they did not even take in the beautiful music that was there for their pleasure. The lesson of the email was this: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made . . . How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?
“This” is our day. Not tomorrow, or next year. This day. Try not to miss it!