Treasure The Moments

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I loved the quote mentioned in the celebration mass for Msgr. Bracken at St. Francis de Sales this past Sunday: “Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.”   So often we are derailed or upset by a personal situation that changes our plans. It can make you feel discombobulated to say the least. Your life has suddenly changed course and it wasn’t in the plan. I learned at the young age of 24 that anything could happen, and when and if it does, there is nothing you can do, but deal with it the best you can. Sometimes these painful experiences turn around to be life lessons and you learn to dance and sing every day. You take the negative and turn it into a positive.

How many times have you heard, “I can’t believe it has been that many years already?” Where has the time gone? Well, life was happening and perhaps you were so busy making plans you didn’t get to be in the moment of life itself. Waking up and being grateful for this day and life is a wonderful mantra to live by.  We do not know what tomorrow brings but we know we have this moment.  Spending time with loved ones is a gift. My life has shown me painful times of loss and sickness but I knew time was of the essence and to just be in that moment. I never would have fully embraced this without the experience of losing a loved one. It taught me nothing is permanent and we have a short time together, so just enjoy and go with the flow. Be light-hearted and don’t take anything personal. Find your truth and live by it. Let go of judgement and be kind to one another. Stay close to the ones you love, we are not here forever. Treasure the moments.

Plans must be made, but remember, no guarantees. It’s ok when life changes your plans. Accept that this is life and resist the urge to fight it. It will only cause you heartache. Going with the flow is a rare quality in most human beings. We are programmed to make plans and stick to them. We all know the saying, “The only thing that is constant is change.

To live in the present means to not resist life’s experiences, even the painful ones. Perhaps the pain of letting go could be the real teacher.  We are human and we will always feel many emotions in life.  Allow your emotions to surface but don’t get attached to them.

As we become aware of the present moment and the willingness to experience life without the judgement of the mind, our fears will disappear.  The ego will drop away and we will be in a good space. As you surrender and let go, you become the dance. Life happens and we don’t always have the answers, and may feel uprooted when our plans change, but try to believe in a higher source and go with the flow. Life is happening right now as you read this column. May you be free from suffering and live a life surrounded by love and joy.

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