Gulping Life.

“Life is uncertain.  Don’t sip.” Lagunitas IPA Beer bottle.

Lagunitas IPA, brewed and bottled in Northern California’s Petaluma.

Although I am not a beer drinker myself, and never will be, this straightforward quote struck home with me.  Life is short, and unexpected.  We do not know what is beyond today, and no matter the preparation, we simply cannot be equipped for everything.  There are countless clichés based on this concept, and there is no reason for me to further reiterate the worn point to “live life to the fullest”.  However, it is always a good reminder that life is a precious gift and to not take any day for granted.

For those of you who know me, you are well aware that I have an enormous amount of energy.  A little too much? Possibly, but it keeps things interesting.  With this energy, I tend to enter each phase of life, each challenge, each goal—head on—not stopping—full gas.  I don’t like walking, I will run.  Yet, I always wonder if people look at me strangely as I “jog” into the grocery store.  I rarely sip, and I tend to gulp.  This leads to quickly devoured lattes, and a burned tongue.

Regardless, I have a passion for life, and the things God has blessed me with like my family, friends, and loved ones.  I never want to be “gulping” these up.  I may want to sip every now and then.  To know that each breath we have on this earth is sacred, and to enjoy it.  Savor it.  Cherish it.  Love it.  With a recent loss, I am further reminded of this fact.  Life is truly precious.

Life is uncertain.  Don’t sip, but don’t forget to taste and enjoy.


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