Where In Life Are We?
What is my role in the hive of the family?
What measures a successful life at its end?
All mortals die, some after the shortest of lives, others even beyond 100 years old.
What is the measure of a successful life?
We know that despite the wealth and fame of some, we admire others also who have no wealth and little fame, but are somehow special to us and to others.
What of the farmer who has a small farm, never travels far from it, sustains his own life and the lives of family or neighbors, works diligently, lives humbly, ages and dies?
What of the veteran who fought bravely, valued the lives of his comrades, but lives out his later life in shelters and on the streets?
What of the child whose life is cut short by illness or other tragedy at a very young age, or the baby whose birth and death was a lifetime measured in a few short breaths?
There is much we do not understand about lives we see around us, long or short.
We may seek for answers in holy scriptures, or look to nature in attempting to fathom some natural order of things.
Every life, long or short, is different. As there are streams, rivulets, rushing torrents, ocean tides, floods, rapids, and falls, so also can we see such varieties in persons' living circumstances and lives.
Where is happiness in all of this? Where do cruelty, smiles, war, and festive balloons, wakes, and parties fit into the stories of human lives?
Joy and sadness are likely to be parts of every life, yet some lives seem serene and almost event-less, while others are the subjects of riveting biographies of tragedy or selfless heroism, which would make the birth, work, and death of bees seem little worth pondering.
Take your own life for example. Childhood, family, schooling, first job, first love, maybe marriage and children, adventure, tragedy, sadness, exhilaration, sacrifice, health, riches or poverty, and then here reading and thinking and praying for an even better life?
The common thread to each person's life tapestry as some lives draw to a predictable close is a relatively short list of regrets. Regrets not of wealth and fame unachieved, but of the simple things available to us all: too little time with family and friends, too much wasted time spent on activities (including work) done at the expense of meaningful moments---the dream vacation that was never taken, the children's "story time" or activity which was missed due to some distraction, the times when an apology was needed but never voiced, the "I love you" moments that went without those three words ever being said, or the sarcastic comments that never should have been said.
What of that humble farmer who lived a life close to home and the earth, while always respected and appreciated by his neighbors and extended family? Did he take time to appreciate the beauty around him, the rhythms of the seasons? Was there no sadness in his life, no yearning to be elsewhere doing dramatic things?
You be the judge. Would you willingly have traded places with him, if given the chance?
What will you regret at the end, which you could remedy now when tomorrow and the opportunity to change things may exist?
© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
Each day should have its summing up time.
A simple prayer....
- A Prayer For Mankind
A Christian prayer for mankind to strive toward greater harmony and peace in this world in keeping with God's will and His wisdom.