Gaining Awareness

“When one cannot be sure that there are many days left, each single day becomes as important as a year, and one does not waste an hour in wishing that the hours were longer, but simply fills it, like a smaller cup, as high as it will go without spilling over.” ~ Natalie Kusz …

As we grow older, so too does our awareness of the value inherent within each day that we are here on this Earth. But often times, along with this increasing awareness can come sadness and regret over the opportunities to live our life to the fullest–to fill our cup to the brim–that we have let slip through our hands. The value of our days is seldom realized until we are faced with a count of them.

Most of us have known of someone, who during their life, was aware that his or her time on Earth was drawing to a close. And if we do not, there are a plethora of books out there written by individuals who were faced with death. The one thing that the majority of these individuals have in common is that they have gained an awareness for the value of the remaining life that they have laying before them. They know that it is a waste of their time to be filled with anger and resentment, unhappiness and misery, or any negative feelings that detract them from living life to the fullest. They know the importance of making a positive impact in the lives of those they love while they still can. They understand what truly matters most is not money, power, or fame… but spreading love, compassion, and hope; encouraging, teaching, listening, and showing genuine concern for their fellow brothers and sisters.

What you fill your cup with today is up to you. Will it be meaningful? Will it be extraordinary? Will it add positively to your life and the lives of those who matter most to you? Will it satisfy your thirst for life each day?

Today’s Challenge: Make today a special, memorable day for you and for those you love.

Questions to consider:

Why do we often ignore, or fail to consider, the potential we have each day to make it more meaningful? What is the importance of doing so?

What are some habits that you could adopt to help make each day more meaningful?

How can we get caught in the rut of failing to see the potential we have to make our days meaningful?

For further thought:

Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend or a meaningful day.

Dalai Lama

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