On Fish Lake, in the shadow of Castle Mountain, last June a Trumpeter Swan pair hatched three downy white signets. They’ve since grown into feathered gray versions, a third the size of their large, stately parents . . . the serene beauty of Nature.
Sadly, one of the signets has now gone missing. At 4 AM the other morning a neighbor heard the Trumpeters making a ruckus. The suspected assassin is another one of Mother Nature’s local feral menagerie, a great horned owl . . . the cruel barbarity of Nature.
Of the remaining two signets, one appears slightly larger. Hopefully both will survive for the flight south with their parents before freeze-up.
+ ^ Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come!
Today’s wilderness wander began in lush deciduous forest by river’s roaring rapids . . . wound ever upward through silent, spruce scented boreal forest . . . finished 4,000 ft. above on alpine ridgeline, tinged with fall’s first reds.
Throughout life I’ve been blessed to travel and behold the wonders of 9 different countries on 3 different continents . . . yet . . awe-inspiring treks through Creation’s wilderness remains my favorite wonder genre.
“How great are the wonders God shows us! How powerful are the miracles He performs! Daniel 4:3
I M Blessed . . . May U B 2 + ^ Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come!
Starting the day by turning on my Smartphone subtly, dumbs, numbs and distracts me from optimally tackling the new day’s potential opportunities and challenges. For this ole prodigal, beginning my day talking with my omniscient Creator works best.
Wrapping up this morning’s one-on-One talk, rain laden clouds shrouding the mountains outside threatened nixing a wilderness wander, drawing me into contemplation . . . Time . . . How am I spending mine?
Firing up my smartphone, I Googled some recent statistics about how smartphones impact the 24 hours we’re granted every day:
Currently, there are 294.15 million smartphone users in America (Source: Statista)
70% of the total digital media time in the US is spent on smartphones. (Source: Comscore)
86% of Americans go online daily using their smartphones. (Source: Oberlo)
The average smartphone phone user checks it up to 63 times daily. (Source: Slick Text)
Of the 6.31 hours average daily total internet time, Americans spend 5.4 hours of screen on their smartphones (Source: ZD Net/Small Biz Trends)
While these statistics far exceed my smartphone usage levels, I’m left feeling frustratingly stupid, realizing the inordinate portion of time my smartphone has cannily usurped. Bottom Line . . . when it comes to time management . . . I need to become smarter than my smartphone!
Thomas Carlyle once wrote, “One life . . . a little gleam of time between two eternities.”. I’m striving to better invest each day’s precious, finite “…gleam of time…” here below as the infinite, priceless, eternal time above draws ever nearer.