While I was driving down the freeway this past week a thought came to me, which it surprised me a bit. Normally I would think about my to-do list or a big project I have coming up, but what came to my mind is the fact that this life is all we have; that we only get one shot at making it worthwhile.
Typically that thought may make one want to abide by all the rules they know and want to be better so that they’ll reap the rewards in the eternity. But the urge I felt is that I need to enjoy and treasure every day of my life, regardless of how mundane and at times unsatisfactory they may seem. Sometimes I feel like we are waiting for our circumstances to change and then to start living more fully. But even if they don’t change, the fact that this is it and our only shot makes our lives so valuable.
I felt that it’s a bit unfair that we only get one shot at life, because we are small and imperfect and many times don’t get our lessons till is too late, and we could really use a re-do. But God has designed it to be this way, which means it must be the best way.
Ever since that thought a few days ago, I became more aware of how passing this life is and as a result I started enjoying my experience more. Even the though parts of caring for small children and having almost no personal time.
I have a strong feeling that once we’ll pass on into the eternities we will look back upon this life and treasure every single moment of it, the good and the bad. That there will be a sense of sadness that we will never be as fleeing and as limited as we once were while here in mortality.
I don’t know what the future holds or even what I should aim for in many areas of my life, but if there is one thing that I should consistently be aiming for, it should be this: to live my life more fully treasuring each day; by doing so I know I will have no regrets when looking back on my life.