Believe it or not, I struggled with the title of this article. I know, right?
I get frustrated with myself sometimes that I often seem to be looking ahead past something. In my own anxiety, I find myself looking around some corner toward something else. I believe in hope, and I believe we all need something we anticipate (i.e., vacation, holiday, birthday, anniversary, etc.). The problem is what happens to that corner we’re peering around to see hope. That corner is a chunk of our life that we’re straining to see around and get past.
In his book, The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle discusses with us the virtues of living the moment we are in. He asserts that stress and anxiety are machinations we create for ourselves that, in actuality, do not exist. My take on this is that by living in anticipation of getting past something, we’re robbing ourselves of the moment we are in.
If we persist in craning our necks to see past the events of our lives, we never get to appreciate the absolutely incredible moments that we are meant to experience. We’re missing the opportunities with which we’re presented each and every day to better ourselves and those around us. We’re depriving ourselves and others of our true presence in any given encounter. How much richer will our relationships be when we wrestle against the distraction of getting past and focus on the myriad of opportunities staring us right in the eye?
I follow the writing of a blogger named Mike Lindstrom. Mike is a Methodist pastor in Pasadena, Texas. In a recent article entitled Living In Grace, Mike talks about the story of a young mom named Megan whose life was ended at 28 with cancer. I have included a link to his post here, but I was touched by her story of living a full life in a short period of time. My interpretation of her story is that she wasn’t living to get past something. She was living her life intentionally. I can’t say for sure how much of that was due to her illness, but what if it was? What if we all rolled out of bed each day as though we were intent on getting the absolute most out of every single day that we could?
Let’s do it! Let’s leave a legacy of grace! Let’s cherish every moment and Live Like We Are Dying! Tomorrow Begins Today.