HERE TODAY AND GONE TOMORROW

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I just want to die in my sleep, not midstream, but in the stream, close to where it melds into the sea. That will be just perfect for me. I know, I know, we cannot choose. Still, I want to be in the stream and in my sleep. Okay? Just for the record.

This afternoon I opened the front door and beheld the sight of blooming day lilies. They are magnificent and straining, as you can see from the photo, to attain the most outstretched fully and wholly into the environment they can be. Why stretch so hard, work so completely, so totally and abundantly? It is their only day on earth and the only time they have to show their worth. So be it. “Here today and gone tomorrow.”

Now, tell me, what does here today and gone tomorrow, mean to you? Perhaps, it is describing an opportunity that does not last. Certainly it means lacking permanence, fleeting. But referring to humanity and alluding to the briefness of the human life span, this phrase was first recorded in John Calvin’s: Life and Conversion of a Christian Man (1549) “This proverb that man is here today and gone tomorrow.”

Sometimes I feel myself stretching, not as fully as earlier in life, but still stretching to reach a goal. Have you watched the flowers come and go? They are buds, open slowly, begin the stretch, out for the full stretch of life, then, begin to soften the stretch until it is gone and the petals fall off. What have you then? You must remember, if you pick flowers to gladden and create more elegance in you home, you must keep them in water, trim the stems at an angle, keep away from direct heat and sunlight, but in any case, you have the final, out of flower time. When you are out of time, hopefully we will meet somewhere in the stream.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Reene
    Apr 06, 2015 @ 19:08:51

    boy–I look at those lilies almost everyday in my front yard—I will never look at then the same way again—Reene

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    • Sheila Clapkin
      Apr 07, 2015 @ 15:03:47

      When I realized that they had to do all that they were ever going to do in one day, they have taken on a special meaning to me. I have been seeing how much I can do in one day and it satisfies my life, but in the major scheme of things, it is so very little…

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  2. Sheila Clapkin
    Apr 15, 2015 @ 11:23:04

    I leave this comment from a friend: Lately your blogs have been too profound for my personality of denial. I don’t think I’m denying anything bad. Just not facing the inevitable future. I’m not goal oriented, except to do the best I can in my small life.

    The photos of the day lilies are lovely, but it is such a sad flower compared to a rose that can be enjoyed in its many stages of life: anticipating buds, lovely fresh flowers, gorgeous looking and smelling mature blooms, and even fragrant potpourri.

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  3. Sheila Clapkin
    Apr 15, 2015 @ 11:24:54

    Yes, “S,” I should ponder the Rose! But it seems so perfect, there is less to ponder. I will gather my thoughts for the Rose today! Thank you so much for both sides of pondering and reflecting .
    S

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