Thursday, December 26, 2013

A Flip of the Coin

Time is the coin of your Life.  It is the only coin You have,
And only You can determine how it will be spent.
Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
-Carl Sandburg

By day's end today, the Texas branch of the family tree and the Colorado branch of the family tree shall have returned to their current postal zones.  The joyful noise that our home was awash in as recently as thirty-six hours ago shall be replaced by the much more low-key sound of the day-to-day existence of the Missus, Joe and me.  And while today shall be - as it always is - a day that saddens me more than just a little, I recognize it for what it is:  a natural occurrence. 

When your children are school-age you spend a portion of your time envisioning the way in which life shall be lived when they are no longer so - when they are themselves adults with whom you shall become conversant on any number of subjects.  In your dreams however you never dream of their departure.  In your dreams they are simply there and because dreams are nothing more or less than snippets - snapshots of a moment in time - the two of you are never separated.  It is as if you have tuned into a program already in progress and for which there is no scheduled end.

We live however in our day-to-day and not in our dreams.  We must.  For if we lived in our dreams - and required those we love to exist there and only there - then they would become prisoners of our dreams.  They would not be free to pursue their own.  They would be unable to do that which they must in order to flourish.  They must become the stars of their own dreams. 

Planes depart.  Loved ones leave.  But Time does nothing to lessen the indelible imprint upon our heart and our soul that was created by the time that they were here.   It cannot unless we let it, which we simply refuse to do. 

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you

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