In The Blink Of An Eye

by golda on August 22, 2011

In The Blink of an Eye
By Golda Smith
 
It’s really scary how you can miss something absolutely incredible and life changing in the blink of an eye. I mean seriously just a minute ago I was basking in the glory of a wonderful pregnancy next thing I know I’m sitting in a birthing tub pushing and praying, pushing and praying, pushing and…thank you Jesus, a beautiful healthy baby girl.
 
Well the next thing I know, that beautiful baby girl is 8 years old and is wearing a training bra! What the heck, I mean where did the time go? Seriously, I want to throw my arms up and ask for a do over or at least to pause the clock. Then it really hit me because I realized that I’d aged right along with her. So I pull out my list of things I wanted to do before I died. Come on, you know you have one tucked somewhere. When you finally dig it out ask yourself how many of your goals did you accomplish?
 
Well let’s see, I wanted to travel to Italy…nope hadn’t done that yet. Wanted to learn to play the Spanish guitar (I heard Madonna playing one and was hooked)…hadn’t thought about it in three years. Wanted to go kayaking…yeah, I can proudly check that off the list. Wanted to run a half marathon, did this Thanksgiving of 2005 in 2 hours and 1 minute. Wanted to study belly dancing. Well I haven’t committed to going to class regularly but when I do, I’m wearing the cutest outfits. After all, that’s part of the attraction!
 
Another school year begins in three days and before I know it, we’ll be celebrating Halloween and after that it’s a dash towards Christmas. One thing that I am thankful for is that I’ve been at home with the kids since my oldest was born. I don’t even want to begin to imagine all the fabulous things I would have missed had I left them with a baby sitter while I dragged myself to work. Even now as a single parent I’m blessed to be able to work from home helping people to live happier lives and at the same time enjoy my chocolate drops to the fullest.
 
I recently spoke to a friend who had a new baby at home and maternity leave is up, personal days as well…time to go back on the job and she’s feeling anxious about leaving her baby with someone else. My heart went out to her because babies do almost change overnight. My wish for her is to be there for all those priceless moments, you know, like when they plaster yogurt all over their face and lovingly massage it into their hair. Or was that just my child?
 
In the blink of an eye, another eight years will pass and before it does, I’m getting a jump start. I don’t have my list buried in a book. Instead, it’s displayed on my desk with a copy in the bathroom (great reading material), the kitchen, basically everywhere so that I have a constant reminder of what I’m living for. Can you relate? I’m also building my business by focusing on helping as many people as I can because in the blink of an eye, today will be over and who knows what tomorrow will bring.
 
My question for you is “Are you living life or just writing lists, thinking about and talking about it?”  I made a promise to myself that since I have to live this life, I’m gonna have fun doing it, how about you? If you’re ready to make a real change then let’s get started.

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1 Patti Ann Ridgway August 22, 2011 at 6:28 am

Great post Golda….In the blink of an eye our lives go in and out of focus.  Lets keep our focus clear, productive and always serving out higher good. Blessings 

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2 Golda
Twitter: only1golda
August 22, 2011 at 10:22 am

Thank you Patti, I so appreciate your friendship.

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3 Grady Pruitt@Amazing Self Review
Twitter: successBB
September 2, 2011 at 7:05 am

Hi, Golda! 

I can totally relate.  I just recently reached a milestone at one place I work.  I have been at this place for 10 years.  A part of me looks at that time and says "Wow, that's a long time!"  But another part of me looks at the same time frame and goes "Already?  Where did the time go?"  In that time, both of my children have been born and one of those is starting the 3rd grade.  Again, same reaction.  Seems just yesterday he was starting kindergarten and the day before that was when he was born!
Fortunately, I've been one of those lucky parents who managed to find a way to be there for many, if not all, of some of the important moments of both of their lives.  I hope to one day be able to be there for many more of them.
I haven't pulled out any of my lists in a while, but I'll have to see if I can dig one up to see how far along towards meeting any of them I have gotten.  most of the lists like that I have made I have done so in the last few years, but still, it might be worth seeing what I've done.
Thanks for sharing!

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4 Golda
Twitter: only1golda
September 2, 2011 at 11:17 am

Hi Grady-
Always great to read your comments. I just had another moment this morning. My daughter cooked her own breakfast for the first time. Scrambled eggs with salt and pepper with two pieces of toast. She was even able to reach for the cooking spray! I just watched in amazement and smiled.

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5 Golda
Twitter: only1golda
September 2, 2011 at 11:17 am

Hi Grady-
Always great to read your comments. I just had another moment this morning. My daughter cooked her own breakfast for the first time. Scrambled eggs with salt and pepper with two pieces of toast. She was even able to reach for the cooking spray! I just watched in amazement and smiled.

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6 Kelli October 1, 2011 at 1:57 am

Golda,
Your posts are always so inspiring. Your quote, "since I have to live this life, I'm gonna have fun doing it" really touched me. Congrats on crossing the 1/2 marathon off your list! That's always been a personal goal of mine – well, running a full one is my actual goal, but seriously – who am I kidding? Thank you for this post!
Kelli

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