A get together with family yesterday
reminded me of how quickly life can pass us by.
We spend far too much time on busywork
leaving slip the things that really cause us joy.
The footprints that we leave upon this earth
gone tomorrow, just like the driven snow
and for what, when all our time is spent
fretting or trying to impress the ones we barely know.
Too many go and spend their entire lives
buying things, in search of that one great thing:
bigger houses, trucks; ever more expensive toys;
a desperate search for elusive pleasure they will bring.
Yet surrounded, all, by so much wealth
and connected, all, in such wondrous ways
all you see are groups of individuals–
no common cause to guide them through their days.
Each one, taught they were special right from day one
An effort, maybe, to build up their self esteem
as if that alone would ever be good enough:
“You’re great. Just soar and realize your dream!”
So you see them at bus stops each and every day
cellphones in hand, 8 people turned away, back to back.
Facebook, Twitter or some other digital megaphone
shouting, “Look at me, I’m better than the pack.”
But maybe it’s just that they misunderstood.
“You’re special” doesn’t mean you should get more.
No, we’re saying you’re worthwhile and and if you try very hard
and work with others then maybe you MIGHT just soar.
But still it’s not just doom and gloom for all.
Just look around and still it’s there for you to see.
So many still working and playing fine together,
knowing the best in life is not “You” or “I” but “we.”
After all we can spend our time collecting stuff,
always in hope of the pleasure that each new thing brings.
But still it’s good to recall Buchwald, who wisely said,
“The best Things in life, they are not things.”
For solitude is still a wonderful thing–
nothing wrong with time alone riding out the wintry weather.
But still, the best of all comes out and makes us shine
when we look around and face the world together.
St. Patrick’s Day and -7 going down to -9. Paddy B’y, can you and Sheilagh please give us a break from all of this? 🙂