There is one simple thing wrong with you – you think you have plenty of time … If you don’t think your life is going to last forever, what are you waiting for? Why the hesitation to change? You don’t have time for this display, you fool. This, whatever you’re doing now, may be your last act on earth. It may very well be your last battle. There is no power which could guarantee that you are going to live one more minute.
So this another version of the “timeless” reminder that time is brief and that we should make good use of it.
“The trouble is, you think you have time.” – (Did Buddha really say this? I mean, I know everything I read on the internet is true…but, let’s go with Buddha for now.)
This quote has particularly resonated with me as of late. For some reason, this much more so than the usual “Appreciate the day” and “Life is short” type of positive affirmations that I try to hammer into my head each day that I wake up breathing and okay to face the day.
I think we do always think we do, in fact, have a whole lot of time. A lot of time to put things off, a lot of time to do things later. Always thinking that the grass will be greener “if only” or “when” something happens.
Here’s the thing- well, two things actually: The grass is never greener and nothing is guaranteed. Nothing is guaranteed but the day we’ve got today. I think if people recited this to themselves daily and actually began to realize the magnitude of those words, we would be a lot happier.
Why waste every the time that we are given each day to ruminate about what *might* be around the corner? About how much better our lives would be if we juuuust had what we envy in others? Better job, better health, better looks, better finances, better luck with whatever area of life you desire?
Here’s a newsflash- we may not get the chance to see if that ever happens.
It truly is a waste of time. We are here, right now. Enjoy it.
I remember my mom saying before she passed away that she thought she would have time to spend with my dad once they both retired. Unfortunately, the time never came. You really never know how or why your life is going to change in a split second.
Am I advocating to go act reckless and impulsive, because, LIVE IT UP PEOPLE, THE WORLD MAY BE GOING OUT OF BUSINESS ANY MINUTE NOW, FIRE SALE? No, absolutely not. I’ve made this mistake. After my mom first got sick, I did look at the world this way for a time. I’ve learned over time that there is a difference between living appreciatively in the moment, and acting simply careless and foolish.
So, when I start getting bogged down in the mundane day-to-day, worrying about stupid stuff, I step back and think of how much worse things could be. I think back to December of 2008. I remember a particular moment, sitting in the hospital, waiting for my mom to get out of surgery. I was distraught, exhausted, and extremely stressed. I remember seeing people walk into the Jewel Osco across the street from the hospital, thinking, “I’d give anything to be in the middle of an ordinary day right now.” So, enjoy the ordinary. Appreciate the mundane. You’d be surprised how rewarding it is to do so.
Appreciate the moment you’re in. Look for the good in the day. There is not always going to be unlimited time for things to “get better”. Make the most of what you’ve got.
By Chicago Now
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