By Kenneth Justice
~ Last week at coffee I sat with an acquaintance of mine who was feeling rather mellow,
“Kenneth, do you ever have those moments in life where you feel all alone in the universe and start wondering what is the point of life? I’ve been thinking some deep thoughts llately and even though it makes me feel a little bit sad, I feel like I might be coming to some profound conclusions” he asked
I’m sure many of us experience that feeling at various times and those of us who don’t are probably merely masking it with busyness. The last few months has gone like a blur for me. I’ve had so much going on in my vocational life that I’ve been logging in long hours and haven’t had much time to sit back and smell the roses.
My Uncle Bob used to say, “If you don’t take time to drink it all in, then most likely the last sip is going to taste bad”.
But once you’ve found yourself caught up in the whirlwind of constant motion it can be difficult to slow down; especially when you have bills, responsibilities, and endless streams of work. Finding that balance between the whirlwind of work and sitting back and enjoying a little armchair philosophy can be difficult to ascertain at times. Yet the older I get the more I realize that the moments I cherish most are the quiet times when I am alone, or with loved ones and friends where I am sitting back and meditating upon the higher things.
When I come to the end of life I doubt that all the hours I log in at my vocation will count as much as the time I took to pray, meditate and contemplate all of those great ethereal thoughts that are floating around in the stratosphere. John Wesley said, “I don’t respect a man that prays less than three hours each morning“, and while three hours in prayer/meditation every morning seems like a tall order, sometimes I wonder if I should reorganize my life to accommodate the things that matter most. Perhaps I’m still not living my life in the manner that I feel best utilizes every moment and treats every day as precious.
Just a few thoughts as I sipped my coffee this morning,
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