Monday, May 23, 2005


There is an ad on TV where a father takes his kids outside during twilight, and they go chasing after fireflies. After the kids are in bed, he checks off "go chase fireflies" off his list of things to do for the summer. As someone who finds the end of summer comes way to fast, this seems like a great idea. Make a list of all the things you want to do, and make sure you schedule them. By the way, it works not only for summer activities. Learning, chessed projects, all can be accomlished with better scheduling. The only problem is that you cant just look forward to a scheduled activity, because then you dont pay attention to things in the intervening time, and you lose that time. Its hard sometimes to enjoy things just as they come, without anticipating a particular event or day. However, unless you enjoy every day, the anticipated event comes, and then is gone, and you wonder where it went, along with all the time that went by before it. I always have a sad feeling on the afternoon of Simchat Torah. All the preparation for Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, building the Succah, all the yom tov, and then it is all over, and worse, winter is around the corner. Guess the old adage of taking time to smell the roses each and every day is more apt then I realize. Of course, I advocate cow philosophy, taking time each day to eat the roses.

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