“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand–and melting like a snowflake.” ~Marie Beynon Ray …
What does it mean to be living in eternity? I imagine it is the opposite of truly living in the moment and being completely here, right now? And with so much going on, and so much to do, it becomes easy to let our attention drift into the past or the future: Perhaps you should balance your finances because you have bills coming due… or maybe you are short on money this month and not quite sure where you will find enough to cover your expenses… or what about that test you took yesterday that you did so horribly at… or the meeting this afternoon that you are unprepared for.
But what about right now? Are you doing what you want to do? As Marie points out, this present moment in time is “melting like a snowflake.” It has all the potential to delight us, to fulfill us, to offer to us more than we could ever want. However, we have to be willing to take it in our hands and experience it before it is gone, or before we are gone, for we know not the length of time we have here. Perhaps it is but a few more days… what if it were tomorrow? How would my today be different?
It is a powerful metaphor: a star in our hands, melting like a snowflake… and we must act now or we will be left with a messy pile of melted star juice. Be aware of the moments in your life and choose to live them to the fullest. There is much to see, to feel, to notice, to learn, to share, to love; take that star and begin now.
Remain truly aware of each moment today as you experience it.
Questions to consider:
How do you define living in the present moment?
What are some things you can do to help keep you focused on the here and now?
How can future and past worries hold us back from experiencing the present?
For further thought:
“Each today, well-lived, makes yesterday a dream of happiness and each tomorrow a vision of hope. Look, therefore, to this one day, for it and it alone is life.” ~Sanskrit poem attributed to Kalidasa