History is a great teacher. I find that Life, through history, is willing to teach, guide, and instruct. The reality that there is at least one lesson each of us can learn from should not be lost on us; however, for me at least, it often is! I do not know why I do not remember. I have not found any reason or rationale for forgetting. Yet, on any given day, I do.
I was recently reminded of series of stories from the past. A friend probably did not know he was taking me there. It was a simple observation of the present, “so it begins”. In hearing the words with my heart, I was instantly transported to an extended replay where he was a key character. I do not recall spending much time talking about the bond between us that deepened because of the shared steps. I do know that on a given day his observation took me to the past, present, and into the future.
When I see him next in person I am going to give him a long hug. I will whisper an emotion “thank-you” for bringing back to the essence of life’s core values that I know we hold close to our hearts. I hope we take time to celebrate, remembering David’s old words in new ways; “Didn’t he set us on the road to life? Didn’t he keep us out of the ditch?” (Psalm 66.9)
I find that Life often offers us reminders of the past with the hope of helping us in the present. During the course of each day there are triggers and reminders. Ironically, I think I miss many of them. When one this home and I open myself up, I find that there are others waiting for me to digest and reflect on.
The details of history are priceless gems. They are all around us, waiting patiently to be useful. Today I picked one up, knowing it is a wonderful and useful treasure. I hope I leave myself open to more. They are all around us.