A dear friend of ours sent us these thoughts on the value of time (I took the liberty of condensing it)...
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.
The value of one year:
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
Who has given birth to
A premature baby.
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed a train, bus or plane.
The value of one-second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident.
Time waits for no one.
Treasure every moment you have.
Hold on tight to the ones you love!
Never before have we felt this to be so true. Time is definitely precious. Sometimes you learn this the hard way.
How important it is to "seize the day." To live each day full of hope, faith, gratitude, and joy. I think little children come knowing how to do this. We just somehow grow out of it, and need to (or should) relearn it.
Talitha's love of learning and life is contagious. I witnessed this very expression of taking in the moment when I watched Malorie take Talitha out to play, dance, and splash in the rain yesterday. Neither of them wanted to come back inside. I was envious of their spontaneous and animated play.
William and I have always felt like our children make us want to be better. With everything we have been learning and growing from, what better opportunity than right now do we have to "seize the day."
"Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary." --from the film Dead Poets Society.
"Open the gates and seize the day. Don't be afraid and don't delay." --from Newsies.