Saturday, March 7, 2009

Superfly: Not just a name anymore. Now a metaphor for my life.

The call came at 10:28pm on my 30th birthday, 3/3/09. Preceding everything, it was a great day; 5 hours in the saddle on a workday. I was happy, I was thankful for my life, I was feeling blessed.

There is nothing one can do to prepare for the sudden, unexpected loss of a brother. I am left without words. This was not something that was even in my mental repertoire of possibilities. It is the unimaginable, the unthinkable, and the unbelievable.

My brother admired what I did and was proud of me. I was proud of him. He was a role-model to me and everyone who knew him.

We shared a heart full of passion.

He loved life, his family, and his Creator.

His verse: Isaiah 40:31

"But those who wait on the Lord

Shall renew their strength;

They shall mount up with wings like eagles,

They shall run and not be weary,

They shall walk and not faint."

What is a bike? Two wheels, a frame, some components… it’s a temporary vehicle and inanimate without heart.

Just like our existence, what you put into it, gives it life.

Some put in more than others.

He put his soul into whatever he did.

I will too…always rolling forward, with wings like eagles. I will honor Him.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A Few thoughts from the more mature Finkelstein

The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.
- Hervey Allen

I can’t help but feel blessed today. Many view thirty as a milestone that marks a slippery slope toward death or the end of their youthful “pinnacle” years. I however, feel quite the contrary. I’ve always measured my life by the things I have to look forward to in the future. It could be short term (like my next training camp), or long term (like when I get a dog). When I woke up this morning, a wave of true contentment came over me as I relished in the reassurance that I have so much to look forward to both short and long term.

A life unexamined is not worth living.

I am blessed. I am thankful.