In The Blink Of An Eye

May 06, 2022

I was reminded the other day of how fragile life is and how quickly things can change. I’ll preface by saying that I’m totally fine. 

A couple of days ago the smoke alarm went off in the hallway. I had put some frozen chicken nuggets in our countertop combination air fryer/convection oven for the grandkids. All organic because that’s how I roll. Side note – if you don’t have one of these, I highly recommend! Anyway, for one reason or another the pan was a little smoky.

The smoke alarm works really well and is super loud. All good things if you have a fire in your house. But when it’s just cooking smoke, it can be a little annoying. Plus, the grandkids got a little freaked out by the loud noise.

So, I grabbed a dining room chair, carried it over to where the smoke alarm is and started to climb up to turn the alarm off. I’m not sure exactly what happened but halfway up my climb the chair slid and down I went.

The good news is that I hit the wall rather than falling back through the open doorway that was right NEXT to where I hit the wall. Because the wall was there, it cushioned the fall somewhat. But I still ended up on my back on the floor with my head smashed against the wall. In the blink of an eye.

Sometimes in life we just get on autopilot. I would even go so far as to say that OFTEN in life we just get on autopilot. And we forget to cherish what we have. We put off the things we want to do because we have all the time in the world to do them. We forget to tell our loved ones every single day how much we love them and appreciate them. Forget to be awed by the miracle of living. Forget that life is a blessing.

My encouragement for you today is to remember to stop and take a look around. Really look at all you have in your life. Pay attention to the little things. Feel the wonder of what life has given you. The people that are in your world. The things that are GOOD. Be present today and every day. Appreciate the life that you were given. Love the people around you.

When you really take time to be present in your world, it changes the way you see your world. What I found and what I believe that you will find, is that life is much richer and much happier when you take the time to really SEE it. And cherish it. Because it really can be gone in the blink of an eye.