As I get older, I am more conscious of the passage of time. As a year becomes less and less a percentage of my time here on earth, I am aware of time's fleeting nature.
Dogs are some of the best teachers. They have living in the moment mastered. God gave us dogs for many different reasons but one for sure is to teach us about this important way of being and living. Tiger lives in the moment. She appreciates when I am present and diligently works to protect her flock when I am not there. She alerts and reacts to situations as they present themselves, not worrying about what predator will lurk tonight or how hot or cold it will be by noon. When her services are not needed she relaxes in the shade and dreams of being a puppy or playing with her big brother. She is so good at focusing on her job in the moment and executes it with exuberance. Be it a nap or fending off wild coyotes, she is in the moment.
I love the saying "These are the the good old days." Too often we are consumed with looking back at good times, memories of people we have lost or a kinder, gentler time. I believe that being aware of the precious moments in the NOW that make up the good old days of the future, can so enrich our lives and our souls. Don't get too busy that the simple things of today, the mundane moments or get lost in ruminating on the past or planning for the future.
Listenting to my daughter, home from college, play the piano so fills my heart with joy. Hearing the laughter peal from the library as she, her sister and cousin sing and be silly kids again makes me ever so aware that tonight will be remembered as a good old day. I know all too soon she will be back at school many miles away and the piano will again be silent and the house will not be awash with these sounds.
I strive to be a good guardian of my time and my soul; to not dwell on clamor in my head but the joy of the moment. For the good old days enjoyed to the fullest in the present make sweet soul filling memories in the future.