Monday, June 21, 2010

Dead By Midnight

Treat everyone you
meet as if he or she were
going to be dead by midnight.

Extend to them all the care, kindness,
and understanding you can muster,
and do so with no thought of reward.

Your life will never be the same.

~Og Mandino

Of Note: After losing a few loved ones, many of us come to the realization that nothing guarantees us one more minute, let alone one more day on Earth. The next question might be this: what is this all about anyway? Could it be that Mr. Mandino directs us to the answer? He doesn't give THE answer for each of us must come to that realization on our own. But he gives us a hint as to how to find the answer. The great Master Jesus put it even more succinctly: "Love one another as I have loved you"--which was unselfishly and unconditionally. In this command He was telling us why we exist. Simple really.

Today's Weather Report: Happy Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year! We awoke to glorious sunshine with a 40% chance of rain. No problem, I thought, we've hardly ever had rain with only a 40% chance. Well, at 1 PM the skies darkened and soon torrents of rain were falling. For several hours. Ever so slowly our lake is rising, though it will take many days like this to bring it up the many feet it is down. The flower garden is drinking in the moisture and rewarding us with a bounty of color. The first day lilies bloomed last week, and today the Asian lilies are opening. Soon we will have a stunning display. The most showy time of the season is soon approaching.