Life is not a looking glass

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Time is short. Very short. It runs out so quickly and we cannot get it back. I don’t know about you, but I ALWAYS have great intentions and then time gets away from me and, before I know it, I don’t have enough time to finish all that I want to do. (And, you guessed it, that explains why I am so late at writing this blog.)
“Life is not a looking glass, don’t get tangled in your past…” – Brandi Carlile

Each particle of sand that falls through this hourglass is gone…in real life, we cant flip it over and let it come back through again. Its considered the past and that is where it stays. Think about it… that breath you just took.. you took it in the past. That last sentence you read? It was in a past moment, too. Its crazy to think of things like that. 

Just look at this: There are approximately 83 days left until Christmas. That is 1,992 hours, 119,520 minutes, 7,171,200 seconds that will be gone. Forever. Time we cannot get back. That’s a lot of time, isn’t it?

We get so busy that we don’t take the time to spend with loved ones or do the things that we love to do. We get stuck in life trying to do more of what we HAVE to do rather than what we WANT to do. And maybe this isn’t the case for all of you. But for most of us, even though we know how precious time is, we still let those seconds disappear without truly ever learning their meaning. 

At the moment, I am sitting in Starbucks writing, thinking, reflecting… and people watching. Many people are here, just like me, doing the same thing. I usually spend my Fridays (or most days, rather) running around doing all the necessities. I will take care of the “needs” on my to-do list later… and for the moment, I will sit here, enjoying the calm that it brings and the satisfaction of accomplishment of my “wants.” (This want even includes my Chai Tea Iced Soy Latte…oh boy!) 

And I think to myself that I need to do this more often. Even add myself to my to-do list. You should, too. 

I just love this picture: 

So, with that said … when you unwrap your gifts on Christmas, surround yourself with family and prepare your feast – take a minute to look back and answer this question: What do you have to show for your 7,171,200 seconds? Did you make them meaningful? Did you use them wisely? Use this thought and plan your wants now, before you lose the chance.

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

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