It has been said that the absent are dear and the dead are perfect, but where does that leave the rest of us?
I think we’re probably a little like the mother who was worried to death when her little one became lost in a department store. Thankfully her child was found unharmed. First the overjoyed mother hugged her child vigorously and then she just as vigorously scolded her child for being so irresponsible.
When you can talk to someone everyday eventually the temptation is to not talk today. When all you have to do is step across the room to share a hug the temptation is to put it off until later.
Someone that is consistently there means you’re tempted to treat them as if their “thereness” is permanent. Bottom line, “up close” makes it easier to see the flaws and take for granted the good.
That dear friend is walking on thin ice…eventually it will break and falling into the icy waters of loved ones absent or dead will remind you that up close is not so bad after all.
- The ONE THING for today: Seizing the day works best when we seize every opportunity to love those present in our lives (warts and all).