All We Have Is Time
Joyce Meyer said, "Patience is not simply the ability to wait-it's how we behave while we are waiting". Looking at this picture, we all know what is going to happen. The lion will attack the woman, eat, and the vultures will pick from the leftovers. What is more important is what they are all doing while they are waiting for the inevitable. The woman paints a picture, occupies herself with hobbies and something that brings her joy. She is leaving a tangible legacy, a virtual tombstone capturing her self expression for others to see and enjoy. The lion rests in the shade. He allows the woman to paint and stands by because he knows he will overpower her and satiate his hunger. He can be impulsive and have the immediate gratification of capturing his prey or, be a bystander and allow the painter to finish creating their statement. The lion exerts self-control and waits for his time. The vultures carry a clock. It seems pretty obvious that they are the harbingers of doom but what if they are reminders? They remind the painter and the lion that they have a defined construct to complete their tasks.
So what does all this mean? It means you can conduct yourself in three ways: you can make use of every moment you have and create something great like the painter, you can sit by and let everyone else lay the foundation and then pounce on the opportunity to overtake them, or you can worry that time is running out and rush through life without savoring the moment. So, our lifecycle is waiting for the end but how will you work with the time in between?