Walker's theory contends we are happiest in the hurricane moments of our lives. When thinking this over, I quickly realized I function by far at my best in those times of crisis, projects, or adventure. I am at my finest hour when the world in crashing down around my head and I am charged with holding the ceiling up. Be it rallying the troops for meals for a sick friend, painting a house for a friend--even a casual acquaintance who was forced to move, cleaning up the hail damage after the storm that took the roof, or swimming against the current with waves crashing over my head--I always rise to the occasion when faced with the biggest challenges.
Sadly--I become mired in the quicksand of malaise when it comes to the day to day -the mundane of living. I loose sight of the importance of the day to day and forget to live in the joy of the moment. I forget my interaction with the Little's all around me is just as important as tutoring the Homeless--perhaps more important. My short bursts of adrenaline packed service or adventure become the primary focus in life, while the majority of my living is spent in the mundane day to day tasks of living. I suffer from a myopia of clear vision when it comes to the great importance of the daily.
I was convicted--found guilty--when I read this comment when discussing this with two dear ones, "This explains a lot--addiction to the constant "breaking news", ambulance chasing, appeal of drama in families, attraction to people who entertain, co dependency and secondary gain of illness, accidents, etc.--being needed. God uses it for good, but it seems we are easily seduced and then discontented with the ordinary day of loving God and our neighbor." BAM--GOT ME--RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES!
As we batted the subject back and forth, I remembered saying these very words--more than once---"I live from trip to trip--project to project". The prosecution rests with that direct quote. I am GUILTY of allowing the day to day to slip by unnoticed--without fanfare--with no mention. And sadly--truly grievous--most of my life--the vast majority of my life is in the day to day--NOT in the hurricane experiences.
The good news---it is never too late to try again. Seizing the day---is a daily task---even those days which are the most mundane. No matter what the day looks like---God is in the day---and He is most glorified when we are most aware of His presence even in the mundane--we are blessed.
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.