“This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Ps. 118:24 NKJV)
“Arrgghh!” My son yelled. I walked over to my desk to see what was the matter. He was hunched over the electronic tablet he uses to watch videos on Youtube. It wasn’t working right and it was frustrating him. I leaned over his shoulder to see if I could help. Even though he was only 31 he was already going bald. Because of his Autism he still had the mind and heart of a child, though. I asked him to get up so I could see if I could fix it. I tried everything mycomputer challenged mind could think of but still couldn’t get it to work. I quickly called my smart phone savvy daughter to see if she could help. After running it over to her house she had the tablet working fine again in a matter of minutes. It seemed like such a simple solution too, but I had missed it. As I walked back across the road to my house I felt kind of old and a little foolish. It felt like I was falling further and further behind in this technological age. I remembered an old Italian Proverb that goes: “We get too soon old and too late smart?”
This morning I woke up feeling a lot better, however. I watched as the sun slowly rose in the sky while I walked my dogs and felt my spirits rise along with it. I realized that while my body might be middle aged and creaky and my mind might not be up on the latest technology, my soul was as young and vital as ever. I remembered too another saying from one of my favorite authors, Leo Buscaglia: “Each day is a fresh beginning, a little life unto itself.” I joyously thanked God for this new day and walked back inside with a smile.
Life is meant to be lived one day at a time. Our bodies may get old and our minds may not be able to learn everything, but all of us can embrace what is essential in the time we have here. We are here to love! We are here to love God! We are here to love ourselves! We are here to love everyone else! We are here to make the most of each new day. May you always do so.
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31 NIV)
Joseph J. Mazzella