Time is Fleeting
Constantly bombarded daily, hourly, and every second of every day with information. I am not talking useful information either. We get overwhelmed, sometimes we get angry, or even upset. There is so much coming at us that I do not think it is physically or mentally possible for our brains to comprehend it all.
Here lately, I have been in the process of dealing with too much going on, pulled in different directions at different times. I am currently working on three different eBooks and content for multiple projects. There is not enough time in the day, and I failed at something I pledged to you, my readers earlier this year, to take some time off one day a week.
The truth is, most of the time, I do not know how to stop.
This past week went a little differently. I dragged myself away from my farm, my homestead, my e-work, my content creation, and I hit the road with my family.
We took an 8-hour drive to South Carolina to meet with some very good friends of ours. Most of you know them if you are a follower on Twitter, then you definitely do. We got to the car rental place at 8 am Saturday and were on the road by 10:30.
My wife drove the first half, more than half, because I cannot stand driving through Alabama, she hates driving through Atlanta, so we teamwork it and split the driving. We get there around nine that night, and everything is closing. After checking in to the hotel, it was a mad dash to find somewhere open to feed the kids.
After finding some food and having a credit card machine on a pole shoved in my face, we head back to the hotel to eat, shower, and hit the hay. What followed was two days of visits, driving to small mountain towns and several antique shops. It was nice.
Laughter is the best medicine
The company of good friends and the adventure of exploring new places was a much-needed change of pace. Touring a battlefield and going on a walk along a nature trail was rejuvenating—two of my favorite things, history, and mother earth. We spent our last night in SC, staying up until midnight swapping stories and laughing more than I have in a long time. Tobacco and coffee, a seriously funny kid, and a couple of ghost stories as well.
I realized something that I think I had forgotten. I enjoy not doing anything from time to time. I say that I was not doing anything, but in reality, I was strengthening a friendship and turning friends into family.
And that is something that is not talked about enough, in my opinion. Everyone is about making money, getting fit, or improving your mentality, and while these things are important, not enough is talked about when it comes to strengthening your clan.
When forging bonds with other, like-minded people, you usually hear this in religious circles, and the fellowship of brethren is important. There is also the fellowship with brothers that is vital as well. The bible tells us in Proverbs 27:17, “iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”
I see this verse thrown around a lot, and it is often associated with strengthening and building each other up, and it is quite different. This verse is saying that we strengthen each other’s ability to remain calm, collective, and composed.
We build each other up, yes, but as friends, we also give our friends the ability to stay composed, and we give the support they need to weather a bad situation or deal with a crisis.
One of the things that the bible is most adamant on is our friendships with each other. While studying for this article, I did a bible search and stopped reading at verse number 76 of what I would guess would be well over 100.
It is obvious that God deems our bonds to each other as important. When we marry our spouses, Christ said, let know man rent asunder. When it comes to our friends, we are told to sharpen them, lift them up, rebuke them when needed, and we are reminded in John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man should lay down his life for his friend.”
In reality, this article is about two different things that have laid on my heart this week. One is for the need for each of us to get away from the routine and reset ourselves and the clarifying of our minds in pulling away from everyday life.
The second is for our need to forge new covenants and reinforce old friendships. We are social creatures by nature. Our ancestors banded together in tribes; they came together as clans and fought together as brethren.
There is a need for the reeducation of ourselves in these most sacred of human things.
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