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It Ain't about Getting There As Much As It Is About How You Look When You Show Up

Updated on January 30, 2015

The road in fact gets narrower the older we get.

Where the road gets just to tiny to see down near the horizon is called the "vanishing point". What a cool term as it applies to our lives as well.
Where the road gets just to tiny to see down near the horizon is called the "vanishing point". What a cool term as it applies to our lives as well. | Source

Do you have a plan?

How we live this life is what is important. Living for today is all well and good to phrase our intentions but let us face it we also live for the eternity of our lives. This is not a religious article but it just might as well be. Sure we all think about the afterlife a bit but isn't that only about half as important as what we do on the way there. And isn't that the beauty of it. The more we think about today and do well by it, the better off we are for the end of our days. Dealing with the here and now is paramount to considerations of the rest of our existence.

Personally I like it like that. It takes the pressure off the long run and puts it right in the day to day, one day at a time that I can handle. Let me put some meat on the bones of this concept and steal from a song, that you can listen to down below. "I ain't afraid of dying but what scares me to death is meeting Jesus with whiskey on my breath" You see theists of the biblical variety love to debate just who and who does not get in to heaven. Some folk do not worry about that that much. But they do worry about how they will look when they get there. Perhaps that is the right way to go about thinking about it.

Sometimes a little country song is good for the soul. I am not admitting to nothing but I am just saying....

There is just so much beauty in the world.

Gods creation but my sweat and hard work made this rose. I am also God's creation and it takes my hard work and sweat to make my life worth living.
Gods creation but my sweat and hard work made this rose. I am also God's creation and it takes my hard work and sweat to make my life worth living. | Source

How about you?

When you show up are you going to be looking good?

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Truly I jest about looking good - or do I?

I like the current billboards/marquees for churches. "Come As You Are" they proclaim and the double meaning should not be missed by anyone. But I must admit I always get gussied up to go to any kind of worship service. I suppose I will always feel not quite good enough as I am for my creator. And what a shame that is for me. Certainly I should have higher self esteem than that. But why don't I?

These kind of things are easy to lay at the foot of how we were raised. Personally I think that has some validity as far as cause goes but not as far as dealing with it goes. Somehow I have to get the personal affirmations down well enough to realize that I am good enough.And that is not enough.

I really do have to do something about how I live and I have to do it on a day to day basis. Do I make other's lives more abundant in the good things? Do I help those who need help? Do I take good enough care of myself so that I am always ready to be of service to others? Do I make a conscious effort to right wrongs that I know about? Do I contribute as a citizen?

These things are the essence of how I will look come the day of my reckoning. New clothes or minty fresh breath or fancy things are not the look I am going for. This life is not something you can get all cleaned up for at the end and have a good result. It requires at least one lifetime of effort.

This video is helpful

Many folks worry about things like meditation and Yoga being at the very least a distraction from their biblical understanding. I understand the angst. I am someone who practices meditation taught by Eastern type new age folks. I am novice but try to practice Yoga. But this "song" is one which I meditate and do Yoga with. The performers do many chants and fully Eastern meditation music. But they also do this kind and I would hope that it helps some realize that with very little effort we can dispose of the angst and take some of the best and leave the rest.

East meets West

This photo always makes me remember with fondness Psalm 23

This is at the very bottom of the Grand Canyon, taken after a hike that left me near to tired to take the picture.
This is at the very bottom of the Grand Canyon, taken after a hike that left me near to tired to take the picture. | Source

And the really really great news!

It is never ever too late. Every day has it's own beginning middle and end. So even in the middle of the day we can change course and get ourselves ready to meet our maker. It is said we are born perfect and go downhill from there. I disagree. We all have faults but isn't over coming them and making progress the real measure of striving for a more perfect us. How can we be made perfect without the forge of fire to help mold us into a better person.

So I would say that if we strive then indeed it may be our very last act that we present with. Isn't that a nice thought. If every second may be our last then why not make every second count. And perhaps that is how we shall be counted.

I would like to think that today I did good. I touched others and did it in an upbeat happy way. That as I lay me down to sleep tonight I made one life better before doing so. For me it is easy. I have family so I do not have to go out looking for someone's life to touch, I can do it right here from home. But anyone can find someone to lift up.

So when that day comes and I get weighed in and sized up. I won't be afraid. I hope you will join me.

I hope you do not look like a thief when you show up.

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None of us should go it alone. A funny thing with this song, I just replace Jesus for darling and it comes out alright.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Dana, around here we celebrate without the hooch. I have a hard enough time keeping up with my young family as it is. Thank you for the congratulations and the same to you!

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      Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I like the part where you say ' you aren't afraid to meet Jesus but you're afraid to meet Him with whiskey on your breath" That was a good chuckle for the 4th of July, for many, if God forbid they happened to meet Him today, will be doing just that. Do you think if that happens Jesus will say " I know you were celebrating for the 4th so I'll give you a pass this time?" Just kidding, well- not really. Anyway happy 4th and congratulations on your well-deserved win.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Happy days to you Ed. I haven't even been showing up lately so there was no one to care how I looked. I am glad you found the lightheartedness intended.

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      ahorseback 2 years ago

      I even pushed the funny button Eric , leave it to you to lighten the mood , I just love this title !

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Marlene, thank you for coming by and leaving a nice note. You certainly do and will look good from the inside out!

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      What a wonderful message. I worry about how I look when I go out to pick up my mail. But, the bigger thought is what I will look like when Jesus comes a-calling. I'd better get dressed! Preacher man, you know what I mean.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Gus. That is one heck of a question to ponder. I shall do just that though.

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      Gustave Kilthau 2 years ago from USA

      Howdy Eric -

      Looking good, smelling good, acting good - good. The opposite - bad. Anyway, your photo of the road's vanishing point fit the narrative oh so well. Good one. Only problem was that on the real road that you photographed, you never would know what it looked like, smelled like, or acted like once you reached the yonder after that vanishing point. Some things never seem to vanish. When I looked at your photo and read your many apt words, I had it somewhere back in the tail end of my limited mind - what would those unknowns think of the stuff at THIS end of the road were they ever able to get this far into where we are right now...

      Gus :-)))

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Barbara I think I write these as much to remind myself as anything else. Thank you for dropping in and leaving such a nice note.

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      Barbara Badder 2 years ago from USA

      Thanks for reminding me that we need to make lives of others better. I need to be reminded of that once in a while.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Chitrangada, your comments are always upbeat and encouraging and I appreciate it.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great message and a very uplifting hub!

      You said it right---Its not about the destination, but the journey.

      Thanks for sharing this insightful and engaging hub, voted up!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oztinato, yes yoga to me is not a religious exercise but I definitely use it to ready myself for prayer and meditation. All religions deserve our respect and interest that is for sure.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel, you give the working man a good name. I think we all know that you will be meeting the man with your uniform on ;-)

      I for one am very happy you do not keep your opinions to yourself.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora, it is always a pleasure to see a note from you. From what I see you make every moment count and it shines through in your writing and caring.

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

      Eric

      Great to hear you are open to yoga. Hindus believe our final thoughts at the moment of physical death are highly important.

      I try to see the beauty in ALL religions. Same God : just expressed in magnificent cultural variety.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Christ enjoyed a bit of wine and although I am not a whiskey drinker I do guzzle a beer or two now and then. I know I'm missing the point. I never really dress to impress, I am a slob and a smart*** and I can't keep my opinions to myself. But every day I try to put a few words out there that might create some love, peace and understanding, and I hope that gets counted as righteousness. Great hub!

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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, thanks for another great message. I like to think of being in God's presence here and now instead of making the event seem future. "So even in the middle of the day we can . . . get ourselves ready to meet our maker." Thanks for the challenge!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hello Bronwen, it surely does seem that way. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      It isn't just that the road becomes more narrow, it also becomes steeper! Great writing.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hello Harish my friend, it is good to hear from you and good of you to come by and show support and add such a wonderful comment. I just love your example of the potter and the pot. Clearly what we appear to be is a reflection of who we really are. Albeit only a reflection.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Mary, thank you for your votes and uplifting comment. I suppose in a very real sense that is a huge part of why we write. Setting our intentions toward the positive looks real good to me.

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      If I am a good or bad potter will depend on the pot that I show to the buyer. The potter is responsible if the pot is fully baked, half baked or still raw.

      Every time I see my pot with keen eyes, I spot a new defect and so I mend it. I will go on mending till I find a glimpse of elegance fit for baking. Will buyer wait till such time ? Will my pot be fully baked or half baked ? Sir, you keep reminding us to mind our pot through your nectar like words. Thank you very much. I also enjoyed the songs. Voted up and shared.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Day by day Eric...we re-invent our good intentions and pray for the best. This hub is contemplative and can be read over and over. No sermon but oh so good.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and beautiful.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Howdy Debra, it is good to have you read and comment. I figure that what is in our heart so outshines what is on our body that how we dress is nearly irrelevant. I try to have that same vision of others.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Audrey it is so nice of you to drop in and leave a note. If someone were counting mistakes I would be in big trouble. But I sure love my life so I figure they got me where I am as much as my right moves. I too need more time to get it right.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      Looking good to me doesn't mean fashion because God gave us our skin that we are in as our clothing. He sees what is in our hearts and that is all that matters. I love your hub and it is so uplifting. ...and yes most people thing of the afterlife when we go to meet our maker but they fail to be in the moment of right now and in the present because that is all there really is. The future is also right now and the past we cannot do a single thing to change it.

      That for this hub!!! I voted up and across the board and will also share it with my other social media friends.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I think about this often...will I be at my best when my maker comes for me? I've made many a mistake in my life and hope to have enough time left to make up for them. Your message is wonderful! I love the video, "Stand by me." It's perfect for this hub. Thanks Eric and will share.

      Audrey

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Faith. The thoughts here have always been close to my heart. I surely do hope I did them justice. I suppose if they tickled your fancy then I did just fine.

      Your support is always so uplifting, know that it is appreciated very much.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, it's not even Sunday, and you have shared such a great message here in this thought-provoking hub here, dear Eric! I love this one so much. I have heard that song about not having whiskey on my breath when I meet Jesus but it is by a country singer from Bakersville, CA, Gary Allan.

      I am in agreement with your substituting Jesus with darling in that last song! Brilliant and so much better.

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Peace and many blessings to you and yours always

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill, whatever plan you got, I would suggest that you keep on trucking on. Because it sure seems to be working -- you looking fine, so fine.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've got a plan, buddy. Sometimes I have to alter that bad boy, but I try to stay on track. Am I looking good? I feel like I am....I hope others see it that way. Great message on this chilly Friday morn. Thanks my friend.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Devika, thank you for commenting. I admit to being a slacker way to often. But I am working on it.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I try to be at my best always. I feel it is important to stay that way. Greatly mentioned about oneself.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Jodah, that really means a lot to me. I sure liked writing this one.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great hub and message Eric. gotta be at our best at all times, because you never know when the end is coming. Love the videos and a good one to end on with "Stand By Me"..yep Jesus is a good substitute.