Sunday, July 11, 2010

Living in the Present

I donated a piece of jewelry for a fundraiser my niece was doing at her school in CA. I received their newsletter in the mail last week and finally had a chance to read it. At the bottom of the front page, there was a quote by Storm Jameson (not sure who he is, but it was from him speaking to the 2010 seniors) It really struck a chord with me, especially with some recent events:

I believe that only one person in a thousand knows the trick of really living in the present. Most of us spend 59 minutes an hour living in the past, with regret for lost joys, or shame for things badly done (both utterly useless and weakening)-or in a future which we either long for or dread. Yet the past is gone beyond prayer, and every minute you spend in the vain effort to anticipate the future is a moment lost. There is only one world, the world pressing against you at this minute. There is only one minute in which you are alive, this minute - here and now. The only way to live is by accepting each minute as an unrepeatable miracle. Which is what it is - a miracle and unrepeatable.

Let me ask you this, how do you spend your minutes of your day?

I know over these past couple years, I have learned to look at life very differently and many people do not agree with it, but it's my life and I don't want to have any regrets or what if's. I intend to live life to its fullest, and yes, it has been with some risks and I have learned some very hard lessons, but again, it is my life and I will not live with regret.

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