Life Writings: “Man is like a breath…”

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…”Man is like a breath, his days are like a passing shadow...” – Psalm 144:4….

…. As I get older, I find myself realizing just exactly how short life really is…. When I was younger, life seemed to go slow…As a child, you wait for specific holidays, birthdays, summer vacations or the next day when your friend would come over. There was a lot of waiting, plenty of time to play – and there wasn’t as many responsibilities… But then you grow up.

And also, as a child, it seemed as if I was surrounded by many family members and friends…I don’t remember losing very many people back then. In fact, the only person that I vaguely remember is my grandfather, Joe Cherry, who passed away from Cancer when I was almost 9 years old…. My other grandfather, (Cliff Winnett) also passed from Cancer – but I was only about 2 – so I don’t remember it very well…

….As the years progress, life spins so much faster. You spend them working, running errands, raising families, trying to make time for hobbies and also probably spending too much time on the Internet…(thanks to the age of technology)…And…perhaps, we just aren’t taking enough time to really see life for what it is… Stopping…and just – experiencing life or gazing at the sunrise or sunset, looking at all the beautiful stars in the sky, hearing a baby or child’s laughter or learning something new…We so often forget to take time for all the little things…

In the midst of the hassle and hurry – you might have found out you lost a family member – or a close friend… and then – life just HITS you. We are not immortal beings. We are only here for a very short time. It’s during that time, not only does the grief of our loss takes over, but – we also realize our own mortality… Have we told those we care about that we love them? Are we experiencing life to the fullest? …

Just in case you need a reminder… Life is a gift. Life is to be treasured. Perhaps, we should try not to worry about those dirty dishes in the sink, or that hair that is out of place, or if we left the house without “putting on our face,” our shirt is wrinkled….or that the house is a mess….Maybe instead, we take time to see the constellations in the sky, gaze at the sunrise or sunset, take a walk with friends or family, enjoy playing a game with our kids (nieces, nephews, grand-kids) or just talking to them (as long as they will put away their phones!)… .

While I have not been impacted directly, there just have been a lot of deaths around me lately – and there are those that are sick (and possibly in their last weeks/days)…. And while I try to take time to enjoy the little things, I am starting to feel just how short life is. I’ve always heard the saying “Life is short“, but as I inch closer to 40 (another three years or so)… I have already lost a good handful of people who have impacted my life.

And while we are promised eternal life (“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life”. – John 5:13), our journey on Earth is not forever…

…We really do not know when our last second is up… We don’t know when we will take our last breath…But until those moments, we must make this journey special, follow the calling of our hearts…and see…all the little things wrapped up – in this gift of life…

 

Published by Ariana R. Cherry

“Within the depths of our mind, we are battling the duel of light and darkness…good and evil…love and hate…” Between Light and Darkness is Ariana’s most recent collection of poetry… Cherry’s frequent message she delivers throughout her work is, “The journey through the darkness, back into the light.” Her hope is to let others know that they won’t be in that place of darkness for long – that they indeed can reach the light once again…She also wants her readers to know – that – it is okay if they find themselves in that bleak blackness…Sometimes we feel guilty for going to that dark place – but it is necessary to conquer the demons that battle our souls…. Other books that Cherry has written include "Only If" and "Twisted Paths Poetry." Her epic tale, “Only If,” won the “Reader’s Favorite Award” and a 5 star review…and her collection, “Twisted Paths Poetry,” received a 5 star review from Realistic Poetry International. She has been writing ever since she was a child. Some of her inspirations include Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Frost, Stephen King, Emily Dickinson, Christopher Pike and Shel Silverstein. Ariana writes a variety of genres: inspirational, humorous and horror – although writing horror is one of her favorites…. She was 12 years old when she read Poe for the very first time – which inspired her epic poetry tale, “Only If.“ During other parts of her free time, she enjoys taking photos and creating art. Her “day-jobs” include working as a church administrative aide and reporting for a local newspaper.

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