What are you waiting for?
I will never forget the date – Tuesday April 26th. It was 6:30am and we are at Pinnacle surgery center. Our six-year-old daughter lays on a gurney with wires all over her little body. The doctor enters our room and says, “we’re ready.”
We placed a kiss on her little forehead before they rolled her out of the room and down the hall. Back out to the lobby. There we sat, among other anxious parents, awaiting our names to be called, signifying the procedure was over.
I’ve never, ever experienced such a tense feeling; seconds passed more like hours. Things were in slow motion but for the million thoughts racing through my head. You could hear a pin drop in the waiting room. It’s as if my mind had hit a pause button, freezing the moment in time.
Then an epiphany hit me like a freight train. A quote from John Maxwell consumed my thought process – “Time is an equal opportunity employer; everybody gets 24 hours a day, no more, no less – but not everybody gets the same return on their 24 hours.” How true this is.
Fortunately for us, our daughter’s surgery was minor and her results came back clear. The experience however, put us in deep reflection – for our own little family and the other families at the surgery center. We ought to be, must be, more mindful of how we prioritize (not manage) the precious gift of time.
Reflecting on this experience I realized how minor setbacks seemingly are big deals. Then a “real” setback hits and reality sinks in. Never wait for a low point to remind you of the great life you routinely live. Always be grateful. Savor the regular days – don’t wait for the irregular ones to reveal how lucky you have it.
Make today and everyday your masterpiece!
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