Sunsets and Helpful “Hards”

sailboat off of Waikiki

Thank You, God, for sunsets — for night coming.  This photo was taken yesterday evening after a Celebration of Lives Well Lived — a service for the Lindquists – two of Kit’s Punahou classmates. Saying Goodbye is important and theraputic — reminder that Sunset comes for us all.

And it is also an opportunity to connect with friends as we did before the Celebration.  A chance to value and appreciate what we have. A prompt to be thankful.

Going back to sunsets — we see so much further at night.  Light takes 8 minutes to reach us from our sun.  Light takes years and years to reach us from the stars.

Hard times help us see, if not further, at least more clearly. When we were in our earthquake (Sylmar 1971) our walls came down and our pantry was filled a foot high with broken dishes and jars and stuff.  But I was SO THANKFUL that we and all our neighbors were ALIVE that I didn’t give it a thought.  Normally a pantry filled with broken jars and dishes would be upsetting.  But when our world is shaken — like a terrier shakes a rat — then we know just how fragile life is.   Fragile and temporary. Broken dishes — even possible broken bones — become as nothing.

Perspective!  Perspective is a wonderful gift, but usually one we have to work for.  The view from the mountain top is fantastic — but the climb up is hard.  Hmmm.  Hard.  There’s that word again.  Yesterday I saw some involuntary Hards — illnesses, etc.

Is it possible, God, to put off the involuntary hard, if we choose wisely on which Hards to undertake? Say, like, exercise?  Suddenly LOTS more Helpful Hards spring to mind.  YES!  Clearly, You call us — command us — to CHOOSE USEFUL HARDS — TO CHOOSE LIFE!  Please help me God to choose wisely — help me to notice the choices I do have!

Story teller,

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