April 9

Life is a great and wondrous mystery,
and the only thing we know that we
have for sure is what is right here
right now.  Don't miss it.

Leo Buscaglia


Today's Meditation:

Right here and right now, I have work to do, so my main goal is to do that work well and try to make it something worthwhile.  Later, in another right here and right now, I'm going to have the chance to talk to someone I like, and I hope to be fully aware and involved in that conversation.  At other times, I'll be teaching, eating, watching a movie, reading, writing, spending time with loved ones--and if I'm thinking about things other than where I am and who I'm with, I'm probably going to miss out on much of the potential of each given moment that I experience.

It saddens me to see the number of people who are willing to pull out cell phones and talk to someone who isn't even around when they have the chance to spend time with another person.  That conversation pulls them from the present time and place and company, and they're not able to fully appreciate where they are and the person with whom they are.  If I spend my time worrying about tomorrow's work or test or activity, then today's wonderful moments are going to pass right by, missed by me.  If I spend my day upset about what happened yesterday, then today gets short shrift, and never has a fair chance to shine.

There are many mysteries about life.  Why are we here?  How did we get here?  What's our purpose as living beings?  These mysteries are fun to ponder.  But only one thing about life really isn't a mystery--what's happening in the here and now.  If I commit myself fully to each present moment, then I can find the treasure that's imbedded in each moment of my life, and what a collection of treasures I'll have by the time I finish on this planet!  If I can make the most out of each moment I live, then my life truly will be worthwhile and fascinating and amazing.

Please don't miss your present moments.  You're surrounded by people who are fascinating and who need your help, if you just take the chance one moment to get to know them a bit better and find out more about them.  The work that you do can be more interesting and involving, if you put yourself into it fully and try to do it in unique and more effective ways.  The relationships you have can be rejuvenated if you put more into them by listening better, hearing more, and giving to fulfill the needs you perceive by paying closer attention.  Don't miss out on your life, which consists of many present moments, one after the other.

Questions to consider:

What is in your life right here and right now?  Ten minutes from now?  An hour from now?  What can you give to it?

Why do we tend to focus so often on things that are not in our immediate experience?

How can we teach ourselves to pay closer attention and get more out of each passing moment of our lives?

For further thought:

Only one person in a thousand knows the trick of really living in the present.  Most of us spend fifty-nine minutes an hour living in the past, with regret for lost joys or shame for things badly done (both utterly useless and weakening) or in a future which we either long for or dread. . . .  There is only one minute in which you are alive, this minute, here and now.  The only way to live is by accepting each minute as an unrepeatable miracle.  Which is exactly what it isa miracle and unrepeatable.

Storm Jameson


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