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Longing is almost a foreign concept to me. It is something I can imagine doing, but not something I practice. I don't long for anything, really. I have goals which I chase and plan for success, but I don't long to achieve them, I work to achieve them.
I have memories that make me smile or cry when I recall them, but I don't long to relive those times. I am simply aware that I have done that, been there or seen that. I am content with the past being the past and the future being the future.
I don't long for more time with someone I loved who has passed on because I know my time with them was all we were meant to have. I know I said and did what I wanted to say and do while I did have them here. I know that God has now rewarded them all for their trials here on earth. I know my time will come, too.
Longing, for me, would just take up time from my life. Using up precious moments that I could be, oh say, staring out over the back yard. Time I could be thinking of a new recipe. Time I could be cleaning out a closet. Time I could be petting or playing with one or both of our furbabies. Time I could be talking with my husband. Time I could be writing. Time I could be reading...well, you get it, I'm sure.
I could think of one exception...maybe... I could long for a world where anyone who wants a job, can find one. A world where children do not go hungry or cold or unloved. I could long for the kind of world where the Golden Rule is practiced routinely by all who inhabit it. But, it would be much more productive to be one person who does these things and thereby, sets an example for others. If only one person loves a child because they saw me loving a child and making both my life richer and the child's life easier, GREAT. So I won't long for the perfect world, I will do what I am able to do to make the tiny spot I am using a bit more perfect.
I prefer to live than to long. I prefer to live long than to live longing.