Seize the Day!
It's so easy to get into our ordinary ruts, doing the things we always do, worrying about the big and small stuff that seems to pop in and out of our days. And then something happens that reminds us of just how brief and tenuous life really is. I have a couple of people in my life right now who are facing serious illnesses that are life threatening at a moment's notice. One found out yesterday from a routine xray for back pain that she has the potential of having an aneurism of the aorta at any time due to calcification. Imagine how this feels to know that any stress or strain or possibly even pleasure could lead to a surge in blood pressure that could cause terminal results!
The day before, she was complaining of how cramped she felt because of back pain, and now she is afraid to move for fear of the consequences.
How often do we self-limit ourselves by our fears, feelings of inadequacy, and other self limiting beliefs and miss opportunities in our lives - both positive and negative? I'm sure I do it all the time without even realizing I'm doing it because it is habit - not a thoughtful process. But when someone is faced with the reality of living each minute to its fullest, it gives me pause to think about how I take life for granted, how I take the time available to me as given as if my life has no end and always more time to resolve things.
So as we come to the end of this calendar year and begin the next, perhaps we can stop and take a minute to make choices about how we want to engage with our lives and the people in them. Perhaps we can make choices about the attitudes we carry each day particularly when it is so easy to get into ruts of negative thinking that limit our ability to fully live life.
I have one life in this body, and it is totally my choice to live with attitudes that engage or remove me. It is my choice to hide from life or to engage. It is my choice to create opportunity or to dread change. All of this I control even if I do not control other circumstances or the world around me.
So seize the Day - Carpe Diem - it's here for you!
Happy New Year 2012