Live For Now

Be Well Be Happy

The best time of my life is NOW. This message is from a meditation I once listened to by Deepak Chopra. It made a big impact in my life, inspiring me to live each day fully, no matter what was going on in my world. But the truth is, I learned a valuable lesson at a young age when my baby brother, John, died at age 22.

Our world changed drastically from a perfectly happy family, to one with a devastating loss. Never had we had such loss in our immediate family. My mom and dad were crushed. My brothers and sisters could not even believe this would ever happen in our close-knit family. But it did and we have since learned so much from our loss. For one thing, we have only today. Nothing is guaranteed and you must live your life as if this is your last day on earth.

Making every moment matter became my mantra. There was no time to look back and wish I had done things differently.  Working toward living in the now. Waking up every day and saying, “This is going to be the best day of my life.” Imagine having this mantra in your head each morning as you wake up, step out of bed or, perhaps, stay in bed, but having the thought that today you will do your best to make it the greatest day. We have one life. Live well, no regrets.

There are times we struggle with our responsibilities and all the many tasks that must be completed by the end, of the day, but in the end it all gets done in good time. Learn to let go of the angst and be still. You will find such healing living in the moment. Be ok with the highs and lows of life. Acceptance is really hard for most of us. We think life should be different but, in fact, life can be really hard at times. “Do I contradict myself; I am large, I contain multitudes,” Walt Whitman said. 

How many times do we say, “I am so busy.” Time management is a skill. We have choices to make every day.  Do I slow down and say no, I can’t take that job or must I say yes to every request. What is important to you in your life? Family, friends, job, etc? We have to choose wisely how to spend our time and with whom. Self-care is a necessary tool to help you feel healthy and happy. Learning to slow down may help you find more time for yourself and others.

A life well-spent is living moment to moment and trying to enjoy each one without judging or trying to change something we cannot change. I am in awe when I wake in the morning and thank God for this day, moment, and life. How lucky are we? We are living well today. Tomorrow, everything can change but rest easy we are having the best time of our lives.  May you wake up with a smile, may you know love in your life, may you be free of suffering and be at ease in your life.

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