Dear Why Team member,
I hope this week’s message reminds you of your most valuable time.
I’ve had a few insights recently that keep circling back for my attention. Part of my morning discipline is to read thoughts I’ve written down I feel might be helpful to remember. One of those thoughts is to live today as if it’s a lifetime. I have been reading this daily invitation for a long time but recently, upon deeper consideration, I changed it to:
“Live this new day as it is life-time”
I have many valuable thoughts I endeavor to read and inculcate into my psyche every morning - what for me I define as prayer - a sacred morning ritual that I feel prepares and empowers me for the day. No matter your belief, most would find value in the consistent inculcating of valuable empowering thoughts.
And now, among my most valuable, is this simple change from:
Live today as if it’s a lifetime to:
Live Today As It Is Life-Time!
This now stands out profoundly as a reminder that today and more specifically NOW is Life-Time!
That the time for living can only be achieved in the present moment.
While we think of a lifetime’s spanning years, no one has ever experienced living in any other time than the present. Of course we have our memories, faulty as they may be, supported by pictures as further evidence - and while many are wonderful and no doubt many are painful, there is only one life-time and that is NOW! To live our life-time more fully is to live more fully in this present moment.
Another thought that keeps rising to the top for me regarding this insight is that there is never a more valuable time in my life than right now. This may create some conflict in us as we reflect on those amazing moments in our past that we may deem more valuable than this current, maybe mundane, moment. Certainly the moment your children were born is more valuable or when you Summited that mountain or how about that amazing vacation - are they all not more valuable than this average everyday moment? Yet I will tell you that this moment sitting on the floor in my apartment writing this blog, is more valuable than any other moment in my life. Why? Because in this very moment I am alive! This moment, here and now, is Life-Time and no other moment is thus more valuable than the moment I am alive and conscious. I can only remember the past, I cannot live there. I can look forward to the future, but now is where I live, now is where we all live. There has only been Now and there will always only be Now -
Now is Lifetime!!
To take a deeper dive into now, I encourage you to read The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.
Knowing that Now is all there is, has brought me great peace over the years :-) Funny to convey it like that. And while I believe I am the luckiest man on earth, as I reflect upon my life in memory, it’s particularly incredible to know that now is most valuable because now is my life-time, where I live and breathe and hopefully create a better now for others.
This week, make your life-time great!!