These Days

These days
Go by so quickly
Before we know it
Tomorrow has passed
And today is but a memory

We live
Minute by minute
Our eyes always searching for
What comes next
So seldom observing
With clarity and adequate appreciation
What we have now

I do not wish
To take for granted
The time I have
And the people with whom I share this life

I will make time
For those who matter
I will make a conscious effort
To let them know
How much they mean
In my words
As well as my actions

For these lives are precious
And so fragile
Just as the bonds that tie them together
We must cherish them
We must take
An active part
In demonstrating
To ourselves as well as those around us
That our lives are of value
That they mean more to us
Than the objects and abstractions
Which fill our days