"We May Never Pass This Way Again."

(This Week: Seizing The Moment.)

“We may never pass this way again” was the familiar line in a chorus of a popular song. As we age, we will find this truism ever more poignant and useful in enjoying and appreciating those around us.

My brother and his wife live 3,000 miles away while my sister is less than 200 miles from my door. Technology keeps us “in touch.” But to hug or touch some glasses in a toast is another story.

And so it was that we found ourselves eating Italian (is there any other?) at a restaurant in the Berkshires coincidentally owned by a friend of my wife. Moreover, a "goombah" joined us that shares our passion for The Who’s Pete Townshend that were to see in concert following dinner. We also realized it was our departed mother’s birthday. The stars had lined up.

The thought of Mom being gone for decades magnified my appreciation for this night. There will come a time when one or most of us will not be on this earth to enjoy another toast. How do you seize and cherish the moment?

First and foremost, it’s incumbent that everyone makes every effort to forget the petty. What’s petty for some is a big deal for others except for one thing: when it comes to relationships, any annoyance or inconvenience is petty.

PORTAL TO HEAVEN: We can put into play “grace filters” that bring out the best in others while overlooking the petty – especially when I think of how Mom would want all of us to get along.

"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins."

1 Peter 4:8 (NIV)


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