I learned a great lesson from the news that the Provo Tabernacle burned yesterday (December 17, 2010) morning... Allow me to share my insight.
For the past block (1/2 of semester) I drove by the Provo Tabernacle EVERY day while driving to student teaching--twice a day. It seemed like it would always be there. It is a beautiful building but many a times on my early morning drive I was so tired, the building was often overlooked. I thought it would never change... it wasn't something to pay attention to but rather just something to look beyond.
As I learned about the terrible news of it burning (thanks to a former BYU teacher on facebook), I couldn't believe it. How could this amazing building be gone? I really thought it would be something that would be there forever... not something that would be there one day and gone the next.
As we turned on the news, I was really struck with not taking things for granted. Last springtime, our stake had stake conference in there. I think I have been in the building before but this time is really the only time I remember. Casey and I took the opportunity to wander around the WHOLE building and read EVERY caption below EVERY picture. (Unfortunately, I don't think we have any pictures...) We arrived very early for conference and decided to enjoy the deep heritage of the building. There were fascinating stories to be told. The pictures portrayed the legacy. The craftsmanship was detailed. The benches were hard. The organ was impressive. The windows were stunning. The structure was castle-like. The spirit present was touching. I truly am grateful for these beautiful memories that I will cherish and look back on with fondness.
But as I was pondering about not taking things for granted... if I would have known that Thursday was the last night, I would have taken more time to walk around and enjoy the moment. I would have taken pictures to last a lifetime. I would have looked at the building instead of looking past as I rush on with life. It was a simple reminder to live each day to the fullest, spend a little more time with the ones you love, capture the beauty of the moment, make memories happen....
Thankfully the building is not something I will have eternal relationships with but the lessons it taught me will be applied to those whom I deeply love and treasure as family and friends.
blog. They were taken on Dec 12, 2010. I used hers because we don't have any pictures...)
P.S. Warning for my mom... Pepper's blog has pictures of the burning building too... I personally don't suggest you (Mom or anyone that has nightmares of burning buildings) click on it. But everyone else, PLEASE do! She is the reason I have a nickname of "Salt."
"And in the end, it is not the years in your life that count. It is the life in your years." --Abraham Lincoln