"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." Annie Dillard
Years ago, I learned an important lesson to make each day precious because you don’t know what tomorrow will bring. I had lunch with a friend who was winning her battle with cancer. I came to work the next day only to learn that she had passed away hours after our lunch from an embolism. We had been planning all sorts of great things we were going to do and she was upbeat and optimistic about the future, and then her life was over. It made me realize that we are all going to die and that we must make the most of each day and each moment. I am so grateful that I made time to have lunch with that friend and that I learned that lesson. It is important to look at how we spend each day, because it is how we spend our lives.
Mindfulness is about being aware in each moment. Many times in our lives, we are worrying about the future and what might happen or we are reliving the past and rehashing old grievances. We only have this moment and we should make the most of it. Whenever you find yourself having thoughts about the past or future, bring your attention and awareness to the present moment. Cherish each moment!
How are you spending your days? Is it how you want to spend your life?
Are there any things you want to focus more energy and time on during each day?
Are there any things you want to let go of to have a better life?
Peggy Steffens is an artist and Chopra Certified Meditation Instructor
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