By Cindy R. Williams
Line upon line, precept upon precept.One step at a time.
One day at a time.
Minute by minute.
Put one foot in front of the other.
You have to begin to find the end.
Stay put and fail.
There are tons of cliché’s along these lines. Simple? Yes. Profound YES!
The only way to live is RIGHT NOW! This second.
You would be better off getting up right now and taking care of that thing you know you should be doing rather than reading this. However, if you choose to read on, I hope you will find some food for thought that will help you make the most out of your life.
You only have this moment to change your past. Think about it.
We don't live our lives in chunks. We live it right now, second by second.
"Are we there yet?" How many times have you heard this while traveling somewhere? Many of us think that we will be happy when we finish this, or when this is or that is over. This is NOT TRUE. We can and should be happy RIGHT NOW!
When writer Erma Bombeck was dying from cancer she penned a list of things she regretted and would have liked a "do-over." Here are a few items:
ü "I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for a day."
ü "I would have talked less and listened more."
ü "I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage."
ü "I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded."
ü "I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life."
ü "There would have been more 'I love you's' and more 'I'm sorry's.'"
ü "Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what. Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us."
ü "But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute, look at it and really see it ... live it and never give it back. STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!!
Good advice Erma!
So CHOOSE to live RIGHT NOW! Stop living in the past. It is GONE. We can't change it. Let's focus on the happy parts, the good things we did, not the mistakes. Let's live right this minute, think better thoughts and toss that rewinding loop of "Why I Can't Do Something" that rattles in our brain day and night. Toss it right out of your left ear or your right one if you prefer. Just banish it from your brilliant mind.
Goals are great. Living in the moment is greater!
Yes, they go hand in hand. We set our goals, and then we do a little something each day to get there. But it's the getting there that is what it's all about.
Let's ENJOY the ride. Let's take each second and choose to live.
Life Is All About The "Ing."
By Cindy R. Williams
Some serving, some writing, some working, some praying,
Some studying, some eating, some sleeping, some playing,
Some giving, some taking, some going, some staying,
Some crying, some singing and some day after daying.
Now here's the thing, the most important "ing",
The secret of life is living and loving.
One last cliché I read in the wrapper of a piece of Dove chocolate, "I am flawed and fabulous!"
Are we there yet? Yes!
That special day is today! Choose to live this moment well and when you climb into bed tonight, smile. Tomorrow is another special day!