Zoom, zoom

by +CrystalThieringer    @cdthieringer

Vacation is over. Somehow, so are the first weeks of 2016, too. My regular routine has been blissfully disrupted but I’m having a hard time getting back into the confines of routine, in which I function better. I do well, as I suspect many of us do, when I have some idea of what to expect in a day.

I’m reminded of a visit many years ago with my Gram, when a fax machine provided long-distance words of comfort after my grandfather died. Her gnarled fingers caressed the flimsy paper as she said, “Just imagine. They sent it last night from Japan and here it is today. Amazing.” Later she would tell me how wondrous and frightening it was to watch the rapid changes in her lifetime. After all, she lived through the eras of horse-drawn buggies, Model-T cars, trains and planes, and men on the moon.

“I’ve seen so many things,” she said. “Just when I get used to something, it all changes again. How will we ever keep up?”

How indeed?

DSC00136Already, 1/2 of January has been crossed off the calendar, and it feels as though only a blink ago found me watching New Year’s Eve fireworks. There was much to celebrate as we said goodbye to 2015–a year filled with more than a few struggles–and prepared to welcome a new year. We did it with favourite people and awesome food, but little in the way of fanfare. Our friends and we appreciated the sentiment of a new year but longed more to give in to sleep’s call. It was perfect, really. A quirky, fun-filled memory tucked into the treasury of keepsakes. And I would have missed the fireworks had we not done our own countdown a few minutes shy of what the clock said.

As we drove back to our hotel, the entire sky exploded in streaks and bursts of red and gold. Blooms of fireworks on the horizon opened like time-lapse video of flowers. In the confines of our car with the fireworks in the distance, we never heard the pops and booms. We only saw the bursts of celebration. “And hope,” I remember thinking. It was a good beginning.

Even so, 2016 has already brought the sobering news of two friends I won’t be seeing anymore.  I anticipated one death, not two. I had plans to visit the second friend in Paradise, Newfoundland and now I can’t because she resides in a different paradise. It all seems to have happened so quickly, and I wonder how I will ever keep up?

Then again, maybe keeping up isn’t the point. While the clock and the calendar seems to have sped up, the truth is the number of hours and minutes and seconds in a year remain consistent. More than ever, I’m keen to make this a year of not wasting them. I can embrace with intentionality–or shun the same way. These are the days I’ve been given but the choice in what to do with them is mine.


6 thoughts on “Zoom, zoom

  1. Absolutely loved this post and the way your words just led me from one thought to another. At times, I feel just like your gram. And then after a while i resign myself to the fact that I do not have to understand the latest technology, or at least not completely.

    I finally get the idea of what a tweet is and people are utilizing clouds. You used to see people with each other enjoying each other’s company. Now you see people side by side, looking down at speaking to yet another. Phones are kept on in case that call or message comes in. People seem discontent to stay in the present in the here and now.

    There have been a lot of improvements. You have a need and you can ask for prayer in real time from those who care about you. But in some ways there has been a step back. Too much emphasis on what is ahead, instead of what is right before you. Okay, I’ll step off the soapbox now. Hey, remember soap boxes?? 🙂

  2. I remember hearing about soap boxes, Anne 🙂

    I know what you mean, people side by side, looking at their technology instead of at one another. I am often surprised in my own home at how often the two of us will be sitting in the same room. We are definitely having a conversation, but there is often something to look up, or we are doing our own thing together. I suppose it’s no different than if we were reading in the same room but it feels different somehow. The goal for me is to be more present, more engaged, more in the here and the now–not in the past nor the future. I can’t keep up, but I can stay with.

    Thanks for stopping by, faithful friend. I appreciate you!

  3. Beautiful post, Crystal. I hear you. It’s amazing how quickly time flies, and it’s ironic because you know in your brain that you only get 365 days in a year, but it FEELS like it goes so much faster. Like somebody has a finger on the fast forward button. I get stressed out so many times because there’s so much to accomplish in life, and I never seem to get the time to do it all. But what I’m learning is that the Lord is working out His plans for me, and He’ll accomplish them when the time is right. I just have to learn not to be such a control freak and keep Him first, and He’ll work everything out for my good and His glory. Love you, friend!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, A.C. Williams! This year, we get 366 days–but I know exactly what you mean. Sometimes it feels not as if someone has a finger on the fast forward button, but as if they put a few drops of Krazy Glue on the button to hold it there. It surprises me to hear you say that you’re a control freak–I would never have said that about you. What I see is a woman who has surrendered, and is seeing those things work out.

  4. I must say I didn’t make a New Year Resolution, but did decide to use my time more productively and not be so lazy or withdrawn. I think the withdrawal part is going to be the hardest but I am trying to focus and be a better person. It’s a new year with a clean plate, so lets see how it goes.

    1. I can understand the withdrawing part–I do that myself. Maybe we should plan to get together for lunch and talk about that, and catch up on other things too!

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