"I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air." - Nathaniel Hawthorn
October, it’s a last call of sorts. Over the summer we were at the baseball game and around the 8th inning the beer vendors started to shout “Last call.” This announced the last chance you had to purchase a beer before the game ended. These days I feel that we’re running out of time and in a way we are. Our daylight time is being reduced. Those bright warm summer days that we took for granted are ending.
Over the weekend I was informed that a friend was diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer. This is someone that I met through my daughters sporting events. I know him enough to chat and talk with at the YMCA but we don’t do things socially together. I immediately thought about his wife and kids and how this terrible news must be shaking their family. Apparently they found out in August, an explosive tragic announcement.
The reality is that every day is a last call. How many last calls you get, who knows? In marketing they have a strategy which is referred to as “creaking the casket.” It is a method of using death, the threat of death or misfortune to propel a person to action. We normally rush though our days, completing our “to do” lists and chasing our goals, rarely pausing to appreciate everything that we have. Occasionally we have experiences that stop us in our tracks and force us to examine our mortality. October is a time of change, a last call, but most importantly it is a time to savor. Look around and take delight in nature, we are rich in blessings from God. Spend time with the people you love, schedule it, make it happen, create memorable moments now.