time and there are memories and then their are good times and
wonderful memories. We forget so muh of it unless we take the time to
create reminders. Here's some imaginative ways to do just that.
was the best of times. It was the worst of times. So opened a novel
replete with nostalgia, bitter sweet memories and the making of living
legends and nobles.
seems that only when I meet an old friend am I reminded of something
good we accomplished working together. Things we did just because, or
as a result of seeing a need. Too often kind acts are forgotten
despite the rewards it has given to the receiver. In
most cases that's the way it should be. But there is much to be
learned and affirmed when we look back and see what good has
been accomplished by our hard work.
How often do we take the time to remember what we've accomplished in
recent months? I'm reminded of a wise proverb. "Nothing is better
than that one should eat and drink and see good for his hard
work." Brenda and I spend considerable time doing the kind of
work that is purely results oriented.
weekend for example, was the busiest weekend of the year for us.
We shared in organizing recruits to fill departments for an
annual district convention focused on family values. Assignments were
a plenty. I would serve as Symposium speaker Friday morning.
The talk entitled "Being Raised in the Truth" was
presented after months of revisions and rehearsals. It went well.
I also assisted with oversight of convention security Friday through Sunday afternoon.
By Sunday afternoon the program concluded. Then it was time
to help with convention breakdown.
friends remained long after the program concluded as this was the
final convention scheduled this year. The atmosphere was exhilarating
as young and old helped pick up, fold and stack over 1000 chairs.
The other 5000 chairs were stationary. The volunteers quickly
but quietly completed the task in less then an hour.
around for more to do while making new friends and greeting acquaintances they
hadn't seen in years.
saw groups of long time friends quickly forming as the evening
transformed into something of a family reunion as conversations became reminiscent
of days gone by. By 8pm it was time to say goodbye. Long
whispered bitter-sweet conversations ended with hugs and kisses as
faint farewells filled the auditorium and small groups began to
dissipate as old friends reluctantly parted.
Friends and Their Memories
in the stands watching it all Brenda and I were greeted by a long time friend we
hadn't seen in several years. Later that evening we met a couple we assumed were
middle aged newlyweds as they held hands at every opportunity. After
getting to know them we found out they were married over 16 years. To top it all
off they are best friends with members of our family. It's a small world after
lock-down we bid our new found friends farewell and headed down the highway
toward our hotel. We grabbed a pizza from the local strip mall and
got back to our room by 9pm.
Our eyes heavy from four long days of convention work we could have easily gone
straight to bed. But this would be our last night in a hotel room for a while,
so we decided to stay up an hour or so, talk and eat our late night meal. By
11pm we could not keep our eyes open a minute longer. Off to slumber land
next day we took time to remember what we learned during the convention program.
We reminded ourselves of our privilege to be a source of support and
encouragement to the next generation of single and young families and considered
how we would go about doing just that. One way would be through letter writing.
It will be a time to share common challenges we all face in life and the
best way to resolve or at the very least endure using wisdom of the ages. Each
letter will be a time to remember what got us through it all and pass it on.
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