Sophrosyne

How do you want to live your life?

Do it now!

on September 29, 2012

I can repeat myself over and over again about the importance of grasping this moment and living it to the fullest. I can keep emphasising the fact that time is something that we cannot buy or turn back. But you may question how do I feel so strongly about such matters when I have not lived that long to understand such regrets. I choose today to let the words of another who had lived much longer to convince you not to take the time you have now lightly.

If I had my life to live over – Nadine Stair, 85 Years old, Louisville, Kentucky

“I’d like to make more mistakes next time.

I’d relax, I would limber up. I would be stiller than I had been this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I’d have fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I’m one of those people who lived sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I’ve had my moments, and if I had to do it all over again, I’d have more of them. In fact, I’d try to have nothing else. Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day. I’ve been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat, and a parachute. If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.

If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.”

How do you feel after reading this? Moved? Touched? Feeling really lucky that you still have the time to do all the things that the writer wrote about? Her goal for writing all these was so that one day we would be fortunate enough to read it and learn something from it. We learn the value of living the moment; this moment. Time flies….Trust me I know… But it is never too late to begin living this moment. Stop chasing ‘your moment’, you are already in it. Don’t end up giving the above advice many years later; instead aim to say: I lived my moments to the fullest and I can show you how to make those moments happen!

You can make that choice, right now!

 


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