After taking in the farmer’s market in downtown Clermont on Sunday afternoon, my wife and I walked down to the nearby lake. We walked to spend time together. We walked to enjoy the gorgeous weather that is a permanent resident of Central Florida.
That simple leisurely stroll ended up sending a jolt through me that I never expected.
Once we arrived at the lake, we decided to make our way down the wooden pier laying itself over the slight ripple of the water. We proceeded until we came upon an older couple with several fishing poles set up to catch the water’s best swimmers.
A bit inquisitive after seeing such a set up, I asked, “Catching anything?”
I then received a response that has haunted me since the words crawled from the elderly man’s mouth.
Seemingly stuck somewhere between pause and play, he said with a sandpaper tone, “No, not really. It’s a little too windy. Just wasting time.“
Bothered, I nodded and we continued to walk, all while those words “wasting time” beat my brain like a Jordan jumper on continuous replay.
Now along the walkway beside the beach, my wife and I took a seat on a wooden bench under the shade of a large oak tree.
We talked, we laughed and enjoyed the time together.
Still “wasting time” had cornered my thoughts.
I wanted to SCREAM at him.
I wanted to tell him that I would take his time, for which he seemed to care little about.
I wanted to tell him that many people were on their death beds praying for just a few more moments.
I told myself that I can never allow my outlook to darken to the point where I’m wasting.
And then perhaps the part of the interaction that made me the most upset was that I knew deep down that I, like him and so many, am guilty of wasting time as well.
That has to end, for me and for you.
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