A wise man once said the only thing certain in life is change, except from a vending machine.
We needed to look no farther than the skies above us this week to be reminded of how quickly things can change.
I spent New Year’s Day last Saturday enjoying my black-eyed peas and ham while sporting shorts and a t-shirt. By Sunday evening I was headed to church wearing my heavy winter coat and drove home in a heavy snowstorm that made the view outside my windshield look like the Millennium Falcon shifting into hyperdrive.
It was a jarring transition for sure as the past month has allowed us to get comfortable with unseasonably warm temperatures before Mother Nature smacked us all in the face with an arctic front as we started the first work week of the new year.
Life can be like that sometimes. Things change, sometimes suddenly and sometimes slowly. It seems like only yesterday I was holding one of my newborn twin boys in each hand and now neither one has to stretch to look me straight in the eye. It feels as if it happened in a flash.
It wasn’t that long ago, in my own mind, I was a teenager myself and slept every night with the comfort that only comes from a young, healthy body without aches and pains. Today I pop like a bowl of Rice Krispies when I get out of bed each morning. Where did the years go?
Change can be good or bad and a lot depends on our perspective. Once we accept that nothing stays the same, we begin to understand the importance of making the most of each day. Whatever we may be experiencing on any given day or in any given instant there will never be another like it.
If it’s a great day we can know its value with the understanding more challenging ones will come. If it’s a terrible day, we can also know that better ones are sure to come.
Change is certain and as surely as today’s cold and snow will eventually turn to the heat and sun of summer, our lives and circumstances will shift and flow with the passing of time. Change is a given, how we respond and deal with it is entirely up to us.
Brant Sappington is managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, the Banner-Independent, in Booneville and a longtime member of the Daily Corinthian news team where he continues to serve as assistant editor.