Whew!! The end of the world didn’t arrive as foretold… again. Although, after watching my beloved Cornhuskers wet their pants in the Big 10 title game against Wisconsin, I was wondering if perhaps this was an omen for the Mayan calendar to be correct. But the day after the Badger walloping, the sun did rise again in the east, just like it rose on December 22. Isn’t that really what life is for us? Bad things happen (or don’t), and then the sun rises the next day. When good things happen, we don’t even think about the sun coming up the next day. But, man, those bad days are awful aren’t they?
The sun coming up doesn’t make the difficult times go away, but it does let us know that the wheel of time continues to move forward, regardless of how much we want to stop it or slow it down. Perhaps the grand design is a lesson we could all learn from. Bad things happen, and they happen to good people, and as much as we don’t like it, the freedom of choice allows it to take place. The sun rises again. The only freedom of choice we can control is our own, but we all worry about the choices of others. I know I hugged my kids extra tight after the events in Connecticut.
Don’t wait for tragedy to see the important parts of life. Tell those closest to you how much they mean to you, and do it every day. It’s a simple gesture that we often fail to share daily, and it needs repeating. It’s worth repeating. Lesson learned.