Choosing wisely, cherishing fully: What will you see when you look back on your life?


For mother’s day weekend I visited a dear friend who’s expecting her first born.  We celebrated with four generations of mothers, and the time spent was a valuable reminder of how precious time is: How important it is to be present, fully present in every moment.

Near the end of the trip, my friend shared wisdom relayed from an elder:

75 years goes by fast.  Faster than you think.  

What will you see when you look back on your life?

What we will remember fondly at 75 is a wonderful gauge for what is truly relevant right now.  We have to be careful not to fill our precious time with irrelevant activity: Equally careful to immerse ourselves in every moment so we get and give our best every step along the way.

Problem is, we have so much pulling at us, through instant email, news, phone calls, texts, and social media sites… Through family, friends, spouse, colleagues, hobbies, spiritual and personal development, leisure, and life… It is far easier to be a million miles away during any given moment.

Maybe the distance is in your thoughts, daydreams, plans, feelings, or worries.

Maybe it’s simply that you don’t want to be where you are in the present.

Whatever the reason, it’s up to us to make the most of every moment of every day of our lives.

That means you give everything you do your full attention, with no distractions.  And oh yes, it will be particularly difficult to do if you’re filling up your moments with pursuits, activities, or people you’re either disinterested in or incapable of giving your full attention.

So fix it.

Remind yourself constantly to let yourself go fully in every moment, drinking in the wonder of each sight, smell, interaction, message, and understanding.  When we do this, every moment is powerful, pushing us closer to our purpose.

Whenever you find you can’t let go fully and be present in the moment, ask yourself why.  What stands in the way of you being fully vested in something you’ve chosen, you control?

If it turns out you’ve chosen to spend your time in the wrong moments, simply opt out.

Redirect your presence so you can be around for your own life.

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