I had a dream last night that changed everything.
It was, in a broader sense, about our sacred responsibility to those we love, as they (and we) go through life changes. Including death.
Five years ago, my first and beloved dog Diva passed on. Through her aging and death, I realized that she was enjoying life and living in the present. She passed, and it was me who felt sad. She felt no sadness, just the natural progression of her life.
And it is that way with everyone around us.
Our lives are a kaleidoscope of people and animals and situations around us, always turning, and never looking exactly the same. Your toddler is a young man tomorrow. Your knees aren’t as good as they were, so the time for backpacking through Yosemite has passed. Life in the current moment is sweet, but it is only a window of time before different situations exist, and different opportunities are in front of us.
Our sacred responsibility, as custodians of our lives and the brief time we have, is to spend our time in the present, enjoying the people and opportunities in front of us today, not worrying about the missed opportunities of the past, or the diminishing opportunities of the future.
Prioritize those experiences whose window is open now.