I am inspired by a couple of things this evening and I wish to share.
My first little revelation today came from when I saw a person walking into food lion in front of my Amherst Studio today. I immediately recognized the person as someone who had their family in our program several years ago and who I had the privilege of influencing. This person was in the exact same shape she had been in when I last saw her-defiantly no improvement there! She was smoking a cigarette-no improvement there. The more I thought about it the more it sunk in-this person probably hadn’t changed one BIT! What a tragedy! How is this possible?! Why doesn’t this person change and take control of their life and make it better?! Why?! Why?!?! Why?!?! This solidified in my mind that I want to learn and know what it would take to get people to change their lives right now!
What this experience also made me realize though was that there is no “secret” to life. So much of my life is spent trying to get to a certain point where I can relax and be happy. I think, “when I just round the next corner I can relax, when I just hire the next staff member, or just get the right girl, or just get through this transition than I will be able to take a breath and be happy, or if I was just in Colorado where everything is all pretty, or if I just had more free time or if I just had more money, more time etc”….the list goes on and on and on. This is a LIE! Complete and utter lies!
Maybe the “secret” to life is to realize that we are living it RIGHT the freak now! It is not in some magical place in the future. No, no, no-maybe I’ve had it all wrong. Life is about being present in the moment! Life is about taking a breath right now and soaking up all of the amazing things that are around me RIGHT NOW! There is no tomorrow! There is no yesterday! Use the future and past to have a more powerful experience in the NOW but don’t live in those places. Live right now, right here and for crying out loud – live it to the fullest! Give! Love! BE! Have fun! Smile! Daydream! Touch someone’s life! Be yourself! Own who you are right now-a person with amazing qualities and a beautiful work in progress! Own it!
This was really huge for me! Maybe the secret to life is this: there is no secret! Life is right now right here and it is slipping away one moment at a time. The words of someone famous who I can’t remember right now come to mind—ahh…Michael Landon: here it is.
“Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.”
So the call to action is this! Snap out of your funk and begin to look into what is around us happening right now and ask some questions that will change your life.
What opportunities are in front of me right now?
What am I grateful for now?
What am I excited about right now?
What in this moment is beautiful if I really looked or even cared?
What do I have right now in this moment that I could share with someone? What would that be? Who would I share it with?