Dear Friend, My friend Donna told me this joke recently: A man was praying and asked, "God, how long is a million years to you?" God replied, "Oh,


Dear Friend,

My friend Donna told me this joke recently:

A man was praying and asked, "God, how long is a million years to you?"
God replied, "Oh, about a second."
Then the man asked, "God, how much is a million dollars to you?"
God replied, "About a penny."
So the man then asked, "Well God, may I have a penny?"
And God said, "Sure, just a second."

I wrote today on the blog about how the passing of time and how much it had hit me this past week as Brett and I had the chance to salvage some items from an old house that was going to be bulldozed. As we wandered around the home I noticed things: a panic button by where the bed would have been, long metal handles strategically around the bathroom, an array of vintage glasses left behind. The home had been a home to two families in the past and both had moved on from old age. I wonder if their lives went by in an instant. A million years in a second.

Sometimes I need things like an old house to be a reminder of how quickly time goes by. I need a reminder to not waste one second of life on things that aren't meaningful. And that's a broad category for me: sometimes naps are meaningful, or a day of movie watching, or even raking leaves. It's all relative.

I shared this quote from my friend Tahnie last week and if I had a plane I'd fly it around on a banner:

It is a beautiful thing to have hope.

it is a fabulous things to believe in the future.

However, I don't ever want to cling to tightly to tomorrow that I forget to cherish and embrace this exact minute.

Today is a miracle, for everything it is right now.

Today is a miracle. And it's almost gone. A million years can pass in a second. Grab every second that you can.



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"We walk away from sweat and hard work in a house only for it to be bulldozed, shoveled and dumped.

And sometimes we grieve for what might have been and the idea of it all.

And then sometimes we stumble across opportunities to sift through what others have left behind, and someone else’s trash is another person’s treasure.

And we are humbled, and we learn and we grow.

And we end up gaining..." more...


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