Guatemala Photo Of The Day – Casting A Shadow

Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

We purchased several bottles of Coca-Cola (made with sugar cane – not corn syrup) and some other snacks for a late morning snack.  We found a shaded area where we could sit down and share the goodies with the family while we took a break.  As we watched the back weaving I mentioned yesterday, Betty brought out some of her products.  She knew we were potential purchasers, and she wanted to show off her talents.

As I look at this picture again, I notice the shadow being cast on the green wall by the flash of my camera.  Within a fraction of a second the shadow is gone.  It’s a brief moment in time, but Betty is leaving her mark.  She is leaving a mark that will last longer than the shadow on the wall.  She is impacted her kids.  She is impacting her extended family.  And she is impacting her community.

This picture reminds me that we all have the opportunity to leave our mark.  We are here in this life for a short time.  Relatively speaking, our life is like the shadow on the wall.  We are here, and we are gone in the blink of an eye.

This isn’t meant to be depressing.  It’s a challenge to make the most of the time you have.  Cast a shadow that makes a difference in the world.  Keep things in a proper perspective.

What legacy are you leaving?  How are you making the most of the time you have here?


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