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Making the Most Of It

We’ve all been given one; how long it will last we don’t know. But we each have the opportunity to do that which speaks to us most during its span. It is stocked with things we cannot keep, yet it holds things we can contribute to and enjoy while we have them. For that time they shine and once gone we still have memories to bring us peace, inspiration and courage. Encountering grief, anger and hardship may also be a part of it. Strung together these things will equal a lifetime and we have each been given one to live.

We’ve all been given one; how long it will last we don’t know. But we each have the opportunity to do that which speaks to us most during its span. It is stocked with things we cannot keep, yet it holds things we can contribute to and enjoy while we have them. For that time they shine and once gone we still have memories to bring us peace, inspiration and courage. Encountering grief, anger and hardship may also be a part of it. Strung together these things will equal a lifetime and we have each been given one to live.

Doing what we hope to with it usually means choosing something and working towards it. Sometimes the things we end up wanting to do are things which found us. For some people the process is full of roadblocks, stress and toil. For others what they want just seems to appear as if someone were helping them. Consisting of hard work and earnest effort yielding small portions of payoff sprinkled with large ones along the way, most of our lives will fall somewhere in between these two.

We each have the opportunity to make the best of this life given what we have through whatever hardship. There is often good even in the worst situations and cause to keep striving. Testing ourselves to realize who and what we are made of is part of this opportunity. We experience this through the process of doing what we believe we are here for as best we can.

Setting multiple tasks for ourselves like a career, parenthood and meaningful relationships can be part of it. We may pursue multiple careers or maintain just one. Most of us will raise children though some will choose not to. Some may find a single person with whom to share a life, and many of us will love more than once finding meaning within each.

We will meet many people learning from them time and again throughout our existence. The combined experiences will no doubt teach us about setbacks, being knocked down and being derailed. Turning corners, accomplishment and success are things we will discover as well. These processes will help us discover what we can do alone and how much we benefit from the people in our life.

To turn a corner after a setback requires others. Finding accomplishment after being knocked down means having the will to accept a hand. Achieving success after derailment requires others as well. Sometimes when life is hardest of all having someone to turn to can help us reorient and rediscover ourselves.

All told it is not just a time it is the time. It is our window of opportunity to come as close to what we wish to be and what we wish to strive for as possible. Regardless of our differences in religion and philosophy, when the chips are down it is the people around us we must turn to for help, and that may be anyone. At such moments small things like race, gender, religion and class dissolve into the glaring intensity of a need to find our way out of adversity. This is when common struggles crystallize bonds creating friendships out of people once considered strangers, enemies or folks from the other side of the tracks.

Perhaps being reminded that we need each other to make our daily lives and society function is important especially in such divisive times. We have three candidates currently attacking each other on a daily and nightly basis. If their party affiliations weren’t already known we might wonder just who is on what side depending on the day and the issue. We each have the chance to make this decision as best it suits us and our beliefs. We have tried selecting candidates based on win-ability in the past which hasn’t always worked out.

Whether it’s Hillary Clinton, John McCain or Barack Obama it’s time to make the best decision for each of us and for all of us. Who we send to the White House, the decisions they make and the consequences of their actions while in office are things we all have to live with. It is an important choice impacting generations and administrations to come. Although we can’t take those decisions with us in the end we can choose a candidate based on the best information available to us at present.

After that moment we go back to our lives. We continue trying to make a career in this economy or making the most of a retirement. We go back to raising a family and being the best person we can. We go back to building friendships and strengthening relationships with those we care most about including ourselves. It is a chance to make the most of this election that we have in front of us now, but after that we still have the opportunity to make the most of the bigger thing we’ve been given during our time here on earth as individuals, communities and as a nation. We will do this always alone and always together.

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