“When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love ...”
- Marcus Aurelius
It’s hackneyed and worn through with meaningless repetition but this moment -- now -- is our life, and yet we’re almost always somewhere else (metaphorically or otherwise).
Taking things for granted doesn’t do justice to the fact that we have no idea when this day will be our last, and, yet, for most people they think there’ll be another time to do what they’ve been putting off for the last few months, or, in some instances, years.
This is it.
Right here, right now.
In this breath.
In this look.
In this touch.
In a smile.
In saying a kind word or two (“Thank you…”)
One day, we’ll wake up and realise that our time is limited, very limited, and we need to understand that by then it will be too late to effect change in our lives. But more than that we’ll see that all those promises we’ve previously made were just that -- promises. (Action is what’s required. To move from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’ with consistent, purposeful action.)
This is not a message of perfection. No it’s a message of living as close to the real you as you dare.
Accept, of course, the things you can’t change but always look to expand your circle of influence and what you can control -- you’ll be surprised how far they reach.
PS. Resolve to do one thing today that will make the biggest difference in your life whether that’s connected with your health, your relationships or your work. Write it down so that you can better see the shape of the task ahead. And then picture the smallest step you can take each and every day for the rest of your earth-bound life that will take you towards your destination. Now, that’s living.