I was reading one of my favorite magazines, Bella Grace, and happened upon an article written by Elle Harris. She wrote:
“ …. There is no looking ahead at the Author of Life’s chapter of your tale. And it makes you think, doesn’t it? About what really matters between one breath and another — and whether I’m using the breath within this very moment to compliment or curse, to speak or to listen, to drive away or to draw near. There may be nothing riding on a breath … or there may be everything.”
It is thought-provoking, because it forces me to consider whether I am using each breath for the greatest good. Over the years, I like to remind myself, and others, that we are not promised the next moment. It is not uncommon for us to forget that we don’t know if we will enjoy the next moment. We tend to take it for granted. In reality, that may come as a blessing, because such a realization would undoubtedly paralyze some of us. However, it also holds an important reminder for us. Instead of concerning ourselves with death, it holds a far more precious gift; the gift of savoring life to its fullest.
We have a choice. We can chose to live our moments filled with passion, joy, eager excitement, anticipation, and zeal, or to cease living in preparation for the inevitable. So, ask yourself, how do you wish to live your robust “in-between” moments?
Are they filled with curiosity, and anticipation of what the future holds? Do you take relish in the small things? You know, those seemingly inconsequential happenings that go by unnoticed. The mesmerizing sound of rain on a tin roof. The smell of jasmine wafting through your bedroom window. The sound of your favorite wind chimes as they dance and sing in a breeze. The rhythmic purring of your fur baby. The surprise discovery of a precious photograph that you thought long lost. The smile on your loves one’s face. Scores of these random moments occur every day.
It is said that true happiness comes in living in the present moment. It is in these moments that the magic happens. By recognizing the simple things that go unnoticed around us, we experience that which is truly important. Let’s view our lives as a series of opportunities that hold endless possibilities, and provides us the chance to live each moment of our lives fully, and with contentment for exactly where we are. Doing so, serves the greater good. Wouldn’t you agree?