This Is Andy . . . Signing Out

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"This is Andy . . . Signing Out"
 


 He stared out at the vastness of the ocean


He had come here for answers


Answers to a question that he suddenly needed to know


His body was tired and worn


While his hands were deeply calloused from decades of labors


His heart was tired and his days were limited


It had not been an easy life, but he wouldn’t change anything


Except one thing


 


“My days have nearly totaled to 25,000, Lord


And this old heart and tired body are worn out,


But how is it that the time has been as fleeting as a summer shower


And my mind remains youthful and yearns to see so much more,


Yet my body begs for rest?


How is it possible to live those many days, Lord


yet feel as though I have barely lived at all?”


 


He looked to the skies and his face was streaked with tears


His question was answered.


Thousands of his days passed as if they hadn’t existed


Because he was too busy to take notice


He had overlooked the tiny joys in the day


In search of the bigger and better things


 


“Lord, I understand now


I have learned too late what was most important in my life


It was I, and I alone, who cheated me out of days


Days that I threw away with callous disregard


It has been a bitter lesson


One in which I was tested long before I had the knowledge


 


Now that I have learned my lessons, Lord


I will use them to the fullest advantage


I will live each day from now on as if it to be my last


I will savor every moment of happiness


And all that is beautiful


I can’t make up what I have lost


But I can keep from adding to those days


 


“Now, if you’ll excuse me, Lord


I have a whole lot of living to do . . .


This is Andy . . . signing out “


LLS


 



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