Moments / by daniel hamlin

 I don't remember all the waves I've surfed in my life, but I certainly remember moments with cherished friends, moments like this one in Costa Rica, 2012. Photo:  Josh Sparrow

I don't remember all the waves I've surfed in my life, but I certainly remember moments with cherished friends, moments like this one in Costa Rica, 2012. Photo: Josh Sparrow

Lately I’ve been constantly reminded of how fleeting life is. Blink and twenty years have passed. Things that we are programmed to think are important in reality don’t make a difference in this world. Nobody can rely on how much material wealth they’ve collected in life when it’s time to depart this world. Nobody can boast about his or her professional achievements from the grave. What I believe are of the utmost value in this life are the little moments, those seemingly insignificant moments that often go unnoticed but have the power to change someone’s life. Those moments when we connect with someone on a personal level, those moments when we forget about pretense and we just enjoy a conversation, those moments we stop and realize what an amazing creation we live amongst, those moments we realize the most important things in life are relationships. Relationship with God, relationship with each other, these are the only things that will still last beyond the grave. These are the things I need to cherish and prioritize in my life.