A former colleague openly reflected on the high days of times past. His view of what was painted through the lens of the current reality of a post-Covid world, economic adjustments, and very different opportunities. It is an interesting reminder of what was and is important.
Great highs are often transient, even when they seem like they are going to last forever. There are endless examples of what happens when one lives as if it will always be, and yet it is a trap which one easily finds her/himself in. The problem is not with the money, status, or recognition. One should consider the advice and observation from a writer long ago, “When the arrogant rich are brought down to size, cheer! Prosperity is as short-lived as a wildflower, so don’t ever count on it.” (James 1.10). Arrogance and short-term rewards are never sustainable.
Life likes to remind me of what is important. Ironically, what one often associated with great highs are not on the list. Relationships, experiences, and hope are in my top three, yet it does not end there. The beauty which reveals itself during each day changes the way I see everything around me. Compassion, care, and kindness infuse my soul with courage and resilience. Aligning my focus on life’s pearls is a pivot from transient to enduring and endless.
As today begins I find myself considering what I will reach for today. There are shiny objects with the promise of immediate highs contrasting with Life’s reminders of what will last. The former has a price, the latter is priceless. In the intersection of choices each morning, it is easy to get distracted. Whatever is immediate demands my involvement. Choices which are free and available may not seem like they are the most important and yet Life’s Whispers remind me from my heart outwards that they are.
Today, You and I have an opportunity to make a difference. We can be agents of care, kindness, and compassion. We can deliver hope in our interactions and the choices we will take during the day.