I recently met a young couple who reminded me so much of my husband and I when we were their age. They were about to get married, just finishing up college, and preparing to move into a new house.
I imagined their life — no mortgage or kids to worry about – just enjoying adventures life threw their way. I couldn’t help but feel a little nostalgic for that carefree time in our own life.
But did I really appreciate it, way back then, when it was happening to us? I knew I hadn’t. I’d been too busy finding things to worry about.
I thought, If only I could go back in time and truly appreciate that stage in our life. I wanted to shout to my past self that things don’t last forever, and it’s important to enjoy them – to focus on the good – while they were happening. That the world would not end because of a bad grade on my finals or a mishap in the wedding preparations.”
I wished I had done better at embracing the good and letting go of the bad.
But even in wishing that, I was doing the same thing all over again. In this very moment, I was failing to embrace where I was in life.
It’s not about going back in time to do things better. It’s about doing things better right now.
Am I fully embracing these moments, or will I someday look back and wish I’d done better?
It’s a good question to ask ourselves.
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad. (Psalm 118:24)
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