Have you ever noticed everyone is in such a hurry to get everywhere? Radio’s blasting, cell phones in our faces, people in a huff when they have to wait in line or crazy people honking behind you the very second your red light turns green? Fast food filled with chemicals and doctor offices jam-packed with sick people.
Have you ever noticed people chasing after the all mighty dollar instead of realizing the All Mighty is all around them? Some days I get so sick of it all. I feel like a rat on a wheel. I go to work, come home, eat, clean and the next morning I start all over again. What good is life anyway?
I’ll tell you what good it is: when you are diagnosed with a life threatening illness you begin to notice a lot more. You notice the sounds of the birds singing in the morning. You notice the warmth of the sunshine kissing your skin and the smell of honeysuckle in the air. A cool breeze on a hot day is greeted with even more thanks than usual.
You long for more trips to the beach because you feel like God is right there. You begin to realize your capacity to love and receive love has grown even deeper than you thought possible. You have more empathy for others. You realize just how short life can be and you hope yours matters.
You notice who makes time for you in their busy lives and who does not. You realize some people are just full of crap. They say they care but it’s all talk and no action. That’s ok though because it just makes everything that much clearer for you.
Take more time to do what makes you feel alive. Notice everything you can and make the most of every moment. Don’t be that rat on the wheel. Be kinder, slow down and when the jerk behind you honks for you to go faster, smile to yourself and let up on the gas even more.