Any time I've seen a hummingbird it has been like a fleeting moment. They are so quick, flitting from flower to flower and then suddenly they're gone. When I was making this sympathy card recently that's what I was thinking about - fleeting moments.
All it takes is a fleeting moment to change a life. It can be the decision to buy a lottery ticket or taking a different route to work. It can be something you do everyday of your life or something you're doing for the first time. In any case, whether or not or even how it changes your life is unpredictable. The thing is, we don't sit around waiting for something to happen to change our lives. We go on with them and take our chances.
Throughout this last year the family and friends that I have who have passed away have not gone suddenly. Some have been in hospice and some have been in the hospital, but none of them has passed away without warning. None of them has gone in a fleeting moment. They have all had some inkling that the end was near. I'm trying to decide if this is a good thing or not.
These people that I have lost rcently haven't had the same opportunity. In that situation, the time that they were given between finding out that they were going to die and dying was not used to make changes in their lives. They have not been alone though. They have been surrounded by loving families who have gone on to grieve for their loss.
So what I'm getting at I suppose is that no matter whether you know you're going to die or not, the fleeting moment is every moment that you don't take to enjoy, change, or live your life to the fullest. Every moment to improve yours or someone elses life is a fleeting moment if you don't act upon it. Sure, we all need down time and rest and relaxation, and we wouldn't be human if we did not have some regret about something that we would have done differently along the way, but we will never get wasted time back. There's no bank to put time into that we can draw upon later. So we best use it as good as we can when we can.