Motivational Monday #49 Begin at Once
“Began at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.”
Someone very close to me dodged a metaphorical medical bullet last week. Results came back from some scans and tests that they had undertaken and the news was good – the results were all clear.
Which might not sound like very much but I think you will grasp the enormity of this news better when I tell you that there was a reasonable chance that the results would come back with a terminal prognosis.
So it’s all good. This person is not seriously ill and they, and those around them, can now start to relax and return to normal thoughts of a long and happy life.
But it was a close call. A lot closer than anyone would have liked to have had. And it made me think. Think about all the things that we put off, that we will do later and you know something, sometimes there isn’t a later. Sometimes there is only now.
I’m not suggesting we all run around in a blind panic over the fact that if we cross the road in the wrong way then we might not get home but rather that we consider living in the moment more. Living with more of an eye to today than to tomorrow.
It’s great to plan and have goals but the journey to those goals is really the thing that matters and if you accept the reality that many goals are never reached it makes the journey all the more important.
So take today as your starting point and live it to the fullest. Engage with people, have real conversations and truly live every moment. When you look closely every day is unique.
Yes the overall routine might be the same, or similar, to the day before, or the day after but look deeper. It is in the details and nuances of every day that makes them unique.
The sun will never shine in quite the same way, the wind will never blow as it blows today and the office life of hustle and bustle that flows in the office will be just slightly different this day over the next.
It takes an effort of will to see the details. You can stand on the same train platform and catch the same train to work every day for years and experience it as one monotonous repetition or you can really look at those people around you. Look at their faces, their body language and their actions. Wonder where they are going and who they will meet when they get there.
The birds that fly overhead as you stand on that platform won’t fly over it tomorrow. That’s a one-time event. Never to be repeated in exactly the same way. We can let our awareness drop to a level where everything levels out and the colours dim to a continuous grey or we can take charge of our life and see the world fresh and beautiful again.
There will never be another day quite like today in your life and I urge you to saviour the uniqueness of this day and live a full and happy life one unique day at a time.
Until next time; be successful!