Thursday, April 27, 2017

Which Is It Going To Be Today?

"I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. 
This makes it hard to plan the day."

~E. B. White

I've always loved that quote.  In fact, I used that quote as an epigraph at the beginning of my second novel A Shot After Midnight.  I think I relate to it, because I struggled with the same conundrum for a long time.  Then I realized I could do both--I could enjoy life, and make the world a better place at the same time.  It's not really an either/or proposition.

From a very early age, I learned it was a lot more fun to play in the game than to watch it along the sidelines--and the same it true about life.  I also understood from a young age that life wasn't unlimited.  One day our heart stops beating.  There is only so much time, and only God knows the number of our days.  It's important not to waste them.  That's why I have always lived the way I have.  I don't want to get to the end of my days and have regrets.  I have packed as much as I possibly could into the first 50 years of my life and there are few signs I'll slow down any.  When I get to the end of my path, this body is going to be worn out--it's getting there now.  If there is something you want to do, by all means avoid future regret and make that happen right now.  You get one shot at this life, so don't waste it. 

But as I come up on my 50th birthday, there's another thing I've learned that is at the center of happiness. God.  I've been a Christian for more than thirty years, but I haven't always been a good one.  I'm well-meaning but often weak.  If I listed all the things I need to work on, this would be a long article.  But I've found over the years, that when I'm living my life in a way that pleases God, I find peace and happiness even through very difficult times.  When I don't, I've struggled. 

If you want to get the most of life, you have to give it away.  Get yourself out of the center of your life, and put God in the center of it.  That's how you find happiness, and that's how you find peace.  And although it sounds wrong, the truth of the matter is, when you give your life away rather than squander it pleasing just yourself, you'll learn things about yourself and the world around you that will forever change the way you view the world.

~Todd E. Creason

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