“Our life is made up of time; our days are measured in hours, our pay measured by those hours, our knowledge is measured by years. We grab a few quick minutes in our busy day to have a coffee break. We rush back to our desks, we watch the clock, we live by appointments. And yet your time eventually runs out and you wonder in your heart of hearts if those seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years and decades were being spent the best way they possibly could. In other words, if you could change anything, would you?”
― Cecelia Ahern, Love, Rosie
When I read this quote I got goosebumps.
This doesn’t happen often—usually during a great movie—but it definitely just did.
The line that keeps replaying in my head is, “And yet your time eventually runs out and you wonder in your heart of hearts if those seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years and decades were being spent the best way they possibly could.”
Think about this for a moment: your time eventually runs out.
My time is running out, right now, as I type this. And yours is as you read this.
(By the way, I’m thrilled you decided to share this moment with me. Thank you.)
When you think about the moment, you become aware of it. You come to The Now. You get a chance to savior it, to appreciate it, to feel it, to embrace it. Instead of it being just another moment ignored by a distracted mind, it becomes a valuable gift you appreciate forever.
- How many moments of your life have been lost to laziness or sloth?
- How many moments have you spent working on a future that may or may not come?
- How many moments are you giving up because you are in a rush to get to a future where you will be in a rush, again, to get to another future.
When does the cycle stop? (I ask myself this on a daily basis.)
When do you get to appreciate The Now? Do you only appreciate it when your bank account is full? Or when you are driving a new car or living in a big house?
Can you only appreciate the now if you have the perfect partner, job, or career?
What if there was another way? What if you could enjoy each moment of the journey instead of waiting to enjoy the future? Doesn’t that sound nice? It sounds like heaven to me.
::Enjoying the moment::