New Goal for 2021

This doesn’t have anything to do with a “New Year’s Resolution.” This is just something I was thinking about recently and decided I was going to work on it starting now. I’m going to take more time off work and plan things with family members I don’t get to see enough, who don’t get to see my son. This includes my parents, aunt and uncle, papa and step-grandmother.

Last year, there were too many people I knew who died. (I’m not going to lie: COVID played a big factor.) As is the case whenever a loved one passes, it goes to show how fragile and short life is. Now, as my husband’s grandfather nears his bittersweet end to a long and undoubtedly great life, I think back on memories of loved ones passed. I remember their faces, their voices. My heart clenches, though I smile because it happened. I strain to remember the last time I spoke with them. And I feel a tinge of regret that there were words left unspoken, actions left untaken, opportunities to see them one more time that came and went…

Whether we receive it or not, when death happens, there is an important lesson therein: Money can be replaced, even multiplied, while time cannot, and death is a final, permanent end. I don’t want to waste my time working too much. I don’t want to live the rest of my life reliving regret after regret. I want to learn from the regrets. I want to spend as much time as I can making new memories with the ones I hold dear. Before it is too late. Time is love, as Josh Turner says in one of his songs.

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