About 14 hours will pass from the time I leave home this morning until I return much later tonight. And as I’m about to start walking the thousands of steps I’ll walk in this day, I find myself wondering how I’ll be changed by the time I return.
So much of life changes slowly, too slowly almost to recognize any change as it’s happening. But I wonder if I focus on the noticing of the steps, minutes, and hours in this day, I’ll be able to observe more closely the subtleties of a life — my life.
Because sometimes, of course, life change is more dramatic, sudden, and infinitely more unpredictable. According to the Ecology Global Network, 210,000 people will be born in the 14 hours I’m away from home and 88,424 will die. Beginnings and endings. And every bit of living in beween.
In the 24 hour revolution of this single day, the earth journeys 1/365 of its way around the sun.
And we’re all along for the ride.
Day up to down, wake to sleep, we’ll live the day we’ve been given. We’ll speak, daydream, smile, share, hug, read, write and maybe pray.
Hopefully, we’ll listen – maybe even more than we speak. The people in our lives have a lot to say.
We’ll worry, debate, and weigh our options. We’ll answer and ask questions. We’ll plan, opt-in or out, and make decisions. We’ll talk, text, email, and call.
We’ll think. We all have a lot on our minds.
Some of the day’s 24 hours are scheduled. If we’re lucky, we choose how we spend the rest. We’ll eat, drink, sleep – some soundly, some restlessly. Maybe we’ll spend the day inside. Or out. We’ll exercise or not. Adventure or stay home.
Come what may, we’ll find our way.
The world’s out there waiting for me … and you, too. Ler’s walk out into it – arms wide open and willing to change and be changed.
One thing’s for sure: no other day in your life will be lived exactly like today.