Written by cycleguy on October 23rd, 2013

One of the blogs I enjoy reading is The Scenic Route by Eileen Knowles.  She caught my seemingly (at least lately) distracted eye with this post.  Eileen is a very real and honest writer who puts her feelings and thoughts “out there” for all to see.  I appreciate that about her.  No pretense.

She included this video for those of you who don’t have time to check out her blog.   It is one of those WOW videos…like how did they ever get that to work?  But it is also very thought-provoking.

The truth is irrefutable: every one of us has a certain number of days on this earth…then it is over.  The ratio is one out of one.  Pretty good odds, unless you are banking on bucking the trend.  I would simply & honestly say one thing: “Don’t.”  Don’t think the odds will be bucked.

But on the other side of the coin!  I have said this before and I know I will say it again: when I go, I want it to be when I am doing something I absolutely love doing.  I am reaching the age where life intercepts ability so to say I will run a marathon or climb a mountain or even bungee jump just ain’t going to happen.  Shoot, I can’t even run alongside my grandson while he is learning to ride a bike and hold him up so he doesn’t fall…without me falling alongside of him.  Yeah, that happened this past weekend twice too many times.  Enough of that animal.  Then after all that work, Janna sends me a video the very next day of him riding on his own!  That rascal!  He just wanted to see grandpa look stupid.  🙂  But, while I would like to fore go the falling down part, I would hope to spend the rest of my days-or at least a lot of them- laughing and (hopefully) riding bikes with him.

I don’t have anything mind-catching to say today.  As I said, I am distracted.  My mojo done left me for now.  But I do hope you will take the time to read Eileen’s post, especially her P.S., and then comment there.  I would welcome any comments you might have also.


23 Comments so far ↓

  1. Eileen says:

    Thanks, Bill! I’ve watched that video several times now. Really puts our limited amount of days into perspective. I don’t want to waste them either.

  2. Daniel says:

    It’s depressing to think about how many days I have thrown away trying to figure out what I should do next.

  3. Pete says:

    It is amazing how many beans we waste on trivial stuff. Very sobering stuff! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Eileen is one of m favorites who I always love to read.

  5. Betty Draper says:

    Thanks Bill for highlighting Eileen post. Who would have thought to use jelly beans to show us how spend our time. Great idea. In the tribes many use colored beads to illustrate the years from creation to present. It’s a powerful thing to see all those beads surrounding the teaching house as the missionary teaches chronologically through the OT to the life of Christ. That post will stay with me for a while. My mind was caught brother by your post and Eileen’s.

  6. Zee says:

    Good thoughts – and thanks for sharing Eileen’s.

  7. Dusty says:

    They didn’t allow for how many jelly beans I eat… 🙂

    Time is precious. I am reminded of it each day as I watch the speed at which my daughter grows up.

    I hope not to waste one second of it, but I know I do.

    • cycleguy says:

      Time is precious for sure and the older you get the faster it seems to go. Don’t waste a moment with your little girl. And I don’t want to know about them jelly beans! 🙂

  8. jeff says:

    Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it seems to go.

  9. Nancy says:

    Thanks for this blog. I try to make the most of everyday but get overwhelmed so much of the time. I get caught up in crazy situations, wonder why I end up doing some of the things I do, look for the roller coaster because I need that thrill to feel alive. I escape to recharge and then go out, landing right in the middle of something else. God knows my cycle and has always been by my side but I know He’s always shaking His head, wondering, “when will she learn to always seek me first, not to try to go it alone?”

    • cycleguy says:

      Now…why would I think you would get caught up in crazy situations? 🙂 Has nothing, I know, to do with that husband of yours or your best friend does it? 🙂 Oh, I think I have been on the receiving end of that same kind of talk with God.

  10. Nancy says:

    By the way, I ate all the jelly beans…. ” only a foolish man/woman devours it all…”

  11. floyd says:

    Isn’t it amazing how when we have so many jellybeans ahead of us we tend to take them for granted? The days are precious and are gifts. How we spend them will have eternal consequences… Thanks for sharing that. And thanks for reminding me of the best way to spend those jellybeans…

    • cycleguy says:

      When a person is young they think others are old and figure they have a long life ahead of them. As they age realization sets in. Hopefully wisdom does as well. Spend them? I prefer to eat them (except for the black ones). 🙂