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  • Writer's pictureGreg Dover

Curations: Days of Our Lives

I can still hear the sound of this theme song coming from the tiny scratchy TV in my grandmother's kitchen when I would stay with her during the summer or when I was sick.

Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives...

While perhaps not as dramatic as a soap opera, Annie Dillard also speaks to the days of our lives in her book, The Writing Life. She writes,

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing?

She continues,

"A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order - willed, faked, and so brought into is a lifeboat on which you find yourself, decades later, still living. Each day is the same, so you remember the series afterward as a blurred and powerful pattern."

As I reflect on her words, I wonder how my schedule is a reflection of my life (or if my schedule is a reflection of what I want my life to be!), and what kinds of patterns I am creating for my life.

I wonder...

  • If I look at my schedule, does it reflect what I say is important and valuable to me?

  • Thinking back on how I've spent my time over the past couple of days - or the past couple of hours, even - is it how I want to spend my life?

  • How could I be more intentional about my time?

  • What kinds of patterns do I want to create in my life, and how can I begin creating them one moment, hour, and day at a time?

Dillard's words and the questions they prompt seem to echo the words of Jesus, that "where [our] treasure is, there [our] heart will be also" (Matthew 6:21). Or, to paraphrase, where our time is (spent), there our heart will be also.


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