Wednesday, November 2, 2011

"Don't waste your time...searching for those wasted years." - Day 2

Duncan brought home a book from school this week called, "The Three Questions" by Jon J Muth.  It's based on a Leo Tolstoy story of the same name.  The three questions are: When is the best time to do things?  Who is the most important one? and What is the right thing to do?  The main character asks his friends, but to no avail.  The boy sets out on a journey to ask a learned turtle (it's a kid's book, so there are animal characters!)  After helping the turtle and some drama with a hurt panda, the boy finally asks again for the answers to his questions.  And summed up: 
"There is only one important time, and that time is now. The most important one is always the one you are with. And the most important thing is to do good for the one who is standing at your side." One may or may not agree with these answers, but they got me thinking.  It's so easy to get stuck looking back at my "wasted years."  Missing Evan is one thing, but obsessing about it is quite another.  It's good to remember that now is what Iron Maiden calls the golden years, the most important people are with me: my family, and the important thing is to do good for them.  So, I am thankful for these reminders (yes, even from Iron Maiden!) to live in the moment instead of the past.

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