So, this morning I proudly told The Man that I had scored above 79% of the general population on the PEW Research Center News IQ test.
“Ah…good,” said The Man.
“Well, on second thought, I think it is evidence that I need to pay a whole lot more attention to my own life. I was just reading that Bible passage this morning that says: ‘Keep your mind on things that are above, not on things of the earth.’”
To this The Man instantly replied, “Oh, don’t worry about it. It won’t matter after today at 6 o’clock.”
Oh, That Man.
You have heard all about today at 6 pm, haven’t you? Well, if you haven’t, you’re obviously paying good attention to your own life, and not the the news media. Actually, I’m pleased to say I have not paid any attention to the matter on the news, either, so I cannot relate details. However, The Man has told me that a man, a preacher, I think, is predicting the Rapture and the end of the world today at 6 pm. I’m not certain if that is Eastern, Central, or Pacific time. I cannot give any further details, because I am practicing not looking up all these tidbits on the web and cramming them into my brain already bursting with news and info. If you are worried, look it up.
It strikes me that the person making such a bold, and public, prediction is paying good attention to his own life, ie: his desires, his goals, his opinions, his values. Good for him!
What if this were to turn out to be–after all, even without the dire end-of-the-world prediction, none of us knows when we might go–turn out to be my last day? What would I do with it?
If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster. ~Isaac Asimov
The Man, Son, Grandson all went out on the boat. To go with them and have a last day of family togetherness might seem the thing to do.
But no–I stayed home to experience an entire day of paying attention to my own life! I’ve written, puttered and watered the garden, and am now back inside with cream soda on ice, sitting here with absolutely no one saying: “I’m hungry…where’s this…will you do that…did you?” Ah, silence.
Today, I’m paying attention to my own precious life, especially to the things that bring me delight…writing, writing, writing, and when I’m done with that, I’ll putter in the garden again, and then there is reading, sitting on the porch and seeing the beauty, praying…oh, and eating watermelon and spitting seeds.
What might you do on your last day?