Living in the moment gives you the opportunity to create a life of beauty.
“We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.”
H. G. Wells (1866 - 1946)
How many times have your said to yourself “today sure went by fast”. It seems that our lives are so complex and so full of things to do that we forget to feel the moments that together make up a day. Moments are lost amid the clutter of everyday and they become blurred by the activities we invent. It seems like activity is more important than the moments in which they occur.
“Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.”
Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)
Moments come and go as we do our ‘important’ tasks of the day. Our focus seems to be on what needs to be done instead of on what we can do with the moments we are given. Quantity become more important than quality and quality moments slip by one by one into the shadows of our life. They become forgotten, lost, or not important.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl, 1952
In seizing the moments of your life you extend their value and allow each to create magic. You see each as a miracle and know that within them lies the importance of life. Life is not full of quantity time but full of quality time. It is up to each of us to recognize the quality within each moment and to allow it to shine throughout our day. This alone will begin to change our world.
“Seize the moment of excited curiosity on any subject to solve your doubts; for if you let it pass, the desire may never return, and you may remain in ignorance.”
The truth of life is that all you have is today. Yesterday is only vapor and tomorrow will never come. Today is the timeline of your life and each moment contains the essence of your being. Allow this essence to shine brightly by allowing others to see its fullness for each moment is a gift that is given to you just for being who you are.
‘In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.”
Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910)
Stop all your activity and be thankful for each moment by recognizing its importance to your life. Celebrate the fact that you are alive and can see the wonder contained within each moment of your life. Stop all your excuses. Become aware. Seek the beauty of each event and allow the majesty of your life to be known.
“My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”
Each moment is a crystal in formation. It is the seed of your future and as such gives power to what may seem like a lost second but in reality is a chrysalis waiting to be opened. It is energy waiting to be born and the gift you give to your future. Each moment is a capsule of love just eager to be seen amid the chaos of an ever noisy world.
“Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.”
Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
Free yourself from the boredom of every day life by opening the window to your tomorrows. Seek the ever present opportunities that surround you and begin to change your world. See each moment as you would a work of art and search within them for the ideals you wish to be. It is your life to build out of the many moments you are given. Allow each moment to fashion a life of choice for within each moment is the miracle of creation.
“Most of us think ourselves as standing wearily and helplessly at the center of a circle bristling with tasks, burdens, problems, annoyance, and responsibilities which are rushing in upon us. At every moment we have a dozen different things to do, a dozen problems to solve, a dozen strains to endure. We see ourselves as overdriven, overburdened, overtired. This is a common mental picture and it is totally false. No one of us, however crowded his life, has such an existence. What is the true picture of your life? Imagine that there is an hour glass on your desk. Connecting the bowl at the top with the bowl at the bottom is a tube so thin that only one grain of sand can pass through it at a time. That is the true picture of your life, even on a super busy day, The crowded hours come to you always one moment at a time. That is the only way they can come. The day may bring many tasks, many problems, strains, but invariably they come in single file. You want to gain emotional poise? Remember the hourglass, the grains of sand dropping one by one.”
James Gordon Gilkey