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Now, and Only Now

Monday, May 07, 2012

The present is what slips by us while we're pondering the past and worrying about the future. - Ziggy, cartoon foible

I'm guilty. I'm guilty of sitting in my chair and wondering what is going to happen at the meeting tomorrow. I'm guilty of laying in bed feeling sorry for myself for what I went through in the past. I'm guilty of letting the present moment slip by without a thought of the time I am wasting.

I think we can all relate to worrying about tomorrow and dwelling on the past and in so doing, losing the gift of today, the present. We are human and it is going to happen. However, it doesn't have to be the norm for us. We can make a conscious decision to leave the past where it is...behind us and to not worry about what may come, because tomorrow may never come! It is best for us if we appreciate the current moment and make the most of every small second we have here on earth.

Everyday has value in it, but it is up to us to find it. We say it has been a GOOD DAY or it has been a BAD DAY. Why not leave the good and bad out and just say it's been a day? When we say it's been a BAD day, it is my personal opinion that not everything in that day had to be bad. There had to be some good. To start, you are still alive, able to type, able to eat, etc. And while saying it's been a GOOD day is not a bad thing, we can set ourselves up for becoming depressed if all of a sudden our many GOOD DAYS take a turn for the worst.

I once was taught, and have never forgot that we should never waste time nor should we kill time. I had never thought about it until that person said something. Now when I think of my days, I try not to waste one minute of it. That doesn't mean that I don't take days that I do nothing and relax. It means that I don't take for granted the time I have. Nobody knows when their time is going to be up.

In the Christian world there is a saying:
Live as though Christ died Yesterday, rose Today and is coming back Tomorrow.
The essence of the saying? To make the most of every moment of every day. Don't put off until later what you are thinking about doing now. Don't put off making amends with people you have hurt. Don't put off telling the people you cherish that you love them. Do what you desire NOW. Utilize every moment that you have because once the moment is gone, you cannot get it back. Don't let fear hold you back from fulfilling your dreams before it is too late. Don't let pride hold you back from making amends with someone you have hurt. Don't wait to tell people how important they are to you. Don't miss any opportunity to do what it is you want or need to do.

Cherish each moment you get and make the most of your time. Once our time on this Earth is over, that's it. There are no second chances, so don't make the mistake of not doing the things you desire, dream and need to do. Don't waste time and don't kill time. When you are waiting, do something useful so you won't regret it when you are older.

Face your fears, chase your dreams, follow your heart and be as wise as a serpent while gentle as a dove. Unless we face our fears, we cannot chase our dreams. Unless we are as wise as serpents we can become prey to the longings in our hearts. Be as gentle as a lamb and as optimistic as the chirping bird in the morning mist. Why?

Because one day you will not wake up to remember them and cherish them anymore. Enjoy your time. Use it wisely. Do what needs to be done but also take time for yourself to enjoy the things you do and make memories of them to pass on to the next generation - even if, like myself - you have no children. There will be people interested in our history later on in life, just as people are interested in the ancient ruins of various places overseas. Leave a mark, a legacy, a piece of yourself and tell your story for the future generations to learn from and reminisce about what it might have been like if they had lived then. And for Heaven's sake, let's make this world a better and cleaner place than we found it for us. Cherish the moment, and the environment we live the moment in.

We have now to cherish each sunrise and each sunset.
But life doesn't come with a Wishing Well that can make time turn back.
So follow your dreams, cherish the moment and share your love.
Because one day the music will stop and you will be out of chances.

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