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Riding a meteor through life's dark sky

Thursday, January 23, 2003

One of the greatest secrets to a happy life is to not take yourself seriously, or others either, for that matter. I have not learned this and constantly live a rather stress-filled life because I imagine that some things are so important and demand, I mean, DEMAND, my help.

Hard as it is to admit it, most things will get done with or without me. The world spins on its axis, my family will eat, my children will rise and my husband will make it home from work. The worry, scheduling, planning and time spent in unproductive management will not alter these events.

And should unforeseen circumstances disrupt the routine, none of my worry or planning will be of any use to prevent or fix the problem.

While this could make me feel extremely insignificant, it actually frees me to enjoy the hours of my day that may not turn out exactly as planned. Sitting at a ball practice I expected to be over sooner allows me time to understand just what effort and commitment an athlete makes. Watching the end of a chess game always leaves me astonished at the ability of young minds to strategize. Having dinner sitting on the stove for a late husband offers me an excuse for the apparent toughness of the selection.

Several weeks ago my family and I got up at 3 a.m. to watch a meteor shower. Flash after flash of light appeared and disappeared from the sky in a fiery streak. We saw over 200 "falling stars" and oohed and ahhed at their passing. They had traveled for miles only to burn up in an instant as they neared or entered our atmosphere.

My life here will be as brief when measured by the span of eternity. It will go on until in a flash it will be over. It will not matter if I get in the slow line at Wal-Mart, or whether my food was cooked to perfection or whether I was charged a few cents more by human error. I can make my journey more enjoyable by the eyes I choose to see it with.

When his mommy told him she would probably be in heaven when this spectacular meteor shower came around again, Ben Jackson quipped, "Then you can ride one down to see me." His eyes saw possibilities. May we all view the inevitable changes and challenges of life with those kinds of eyes.