Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Seizing the Day

Sometimes It Take the Young to Remind Us

At 1:30 am today, our youngest daughter Molly (21) hopped on a plane to go and visit a friend in Seoul South Korea.  When I awoke to an email from her overnight that she was in the lounge at the Toronto airport nervously awaiting the boarding call, I was also reminded of a good song by Carolyn Arends called "Seize the Day."

So, this posting is for all those people who will seize the day as it presents itself to them today, and particularly for Molly, who we will keep in our thoughts and prayers as she experiences this adventure of a lifetime.

Here are the lyrics:

I know a girl who was schooled in Manhattan
She reads dusty books and learns phrases in Latin
She is an author, or maybe a poet
A genius but it's just this world doesn't know it
She works on her novel most every day
If you laugh she will say
Seize the day, seize whatever you can
'Cause life slips away just like hourglass sand
Seize the day, pray for grace from God's hand
Then nothing will stand in your way
Seize the day
Well I know a doctor, a fine young physician
Left his six-figure job for a mission position
He's healing the sick in an African clinic
He works in the dirt and writes home to the cynics
He says "We work through the night so most every day
As we watch the sun rise we can say

Well I know a man who's been doing some thinking
He's as bitter and cold as the whiskey he's drinking
He's talking 'bout fear, about chances not taken
If you listen to him you can hear his heart breaking
He says "One day you're a boy and the next day you're dead
I wish way back when someone had said


Well one thing I've noticed, wherever I wander
Everyone's got a dream he can follow or squander
You can do what you will with the days you are given
I'm trying to spend mine on the business of living
So I'm singing my songs off of any old stage
You can laugh if you want, I'll still say


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