Thursday, April 7, 2016

Don't put off wonder & pleasure

Life is too short to put off the good stuff until a later time. Do you ever say, "Once I get through this, I can breathe" or "Once I finish this project, life will get back to normal and I can relax and be happy again"? I know, I've done it many times myself.

But when I read inspirational books and poetry—and hear the invitations to live fully today and enjoy life to the fullest, I'm reminded that it's not good to put off joy and wonder and all the other good stuff! And when I hear that someone died at a young age, I'm reminded again that life is short. You and I have absolutely no idea whether we have years more of life, months, days—or just minutes. Now is what we have.

Celebrate each day. Live each moment fully. Open your eyes—and really see what's around you and who's around you. Notice the colors and textures. Savor the smells and fragrances. Enjoy the moments with those you love. Make the best of it all. Welcome the changes. See if you can flow with the surprises—and maybe even the challenges.

How different would your life be if you could do that? I know mine would be different. And I really do try. But I need frequent reminders. Otherwise, it's so easy to slip right back into just putting one foot in front of the other, doing what needs to be done and promising myself pleasure once I finish my to-do list! So this is a reminder to myself—and I'll be happy if it touches you, too!

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