Life is never appreciated quite so much as when Death comes calling. The same is true of this journal chosen for the 2016 Cherished Blogfest.
As a writer, I have stacks of journals. Finely bound books with gorgeous illustrations…
Spiral notebooks covered in scrawling ink and lead…
And then there’s the Cherished Journal.
After I wrote in in the other night, I realized there were only five empty pages waiting to be filled.
Tears puddled. I flipped to the first page, lovingly inscribed by my mother. She purchased it during a ladies’ retreat with a group of women from church.
Years from now, when I’ve forgotten what the lessons were about that October in Seaside, Oregon, this note from my mom will crackle like a fire in my heart.
Because three short months after she wrote those words, my mom graduated from this earthly plain. Now she waits in Heaven to impart more encouraging words – someday – when I have moved past this life.
This made me think, not for the first time, how neglectful we are of the people in our lives. People we love tend to see the worst from us. We pick up the phone and vent at them when a day turns mean.
How many times have I snapped at my husband because something or someone else hurt or irritated me? Too many to recount. And the thought shames me.
On the other hand, how often have I hugged him and told him what he means to me? Since the day my mother broke the earthly chains, this has happened more frequently.
But less so the further from that painful goodbye I travel.
Do I really need someone dear to me to depart in order to cherish those who remain?
It chills me to think this has become the way of things in my world. Casual words and flippant teasing dominates the conversation. What about meaningful remarks of sincere appreciation?
I hold the cherished journal in my trembling hands. It blurs. The dry ink can’t be touched by my teardrops.
But can my heart? Will I finally learn the lesson this simple gift – now filled with my own thoughts and plans – tries to teach me?
Don’t wait for Death to show you what is truly cherished.
Live today with words and deeds that cherish all those whose presence in your world is a greater gift than any book or heirloom or brightly wrapped parcel.
Who will you cherish today?