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I would be filled with so much gratitude and joy! This is a life worth aspiring to live!
This isn’t a question I can fully get behind although I appreciate the sentiment. Most moments are a gift. There are some, no matter how I may spin it, just don’t have a silver lining. I’m happy enough with most. And the “most” includes difficult moments where the gift is an opportunity for learning, growth, compassion etc.
If I believed that every moment is a gift, I would be conscious of the abundant blessings I experience every day. I would stop – look – listen – rejoice – savor. I would be radically amazed by this unmerited grace.
I know each moment of life is a gift, but I also know that dying is too. At least, being on the other side is. I was more alive when I was dead, than I have ever been in this earth suit—and I have had an amazing life to date. Yet, one of my takeaways was to live fully until I slip behind the veil again. There are moments in a sunset, on the ocean’s edge, in birdsong, when chocolate melts in my mouth after the first sip of morning coffee, and when I see myself recognized in the other, that I wish it could go on forever and I am grateful that my body helps me inhabit this life space well. Recognizing and seizing those moments changes everything.
I was brought up to believe this and sometimes find it very easy. Sometimes not so easy and it is great to have this question to reset myself to trying to be aware of it at all times.
My Mum has been a great role model as she lives a life of great physical pain but somehow always manages to act as if every moment is a gift. And she is always surprised when I say how amazing that it! She just believes and lives it so much she feels it is just natural. But as she is now 89, she has had a lot of time to learn and practice this!!
It would change tremendously, because I would become more aware and more present in the moments. But I’m trying to live like this now seeing every moment as a gift, you never how quickly life can change.
Probably not much if it is based on belief. But if it is based on experience, then profoundly.
When I believe that every moment is a gift, it helps me to see the learning opportunity in every situation. Every encounter I have; every struggle I go through; and every blessing I receive is an opportunity to learn about how to love.
The question make me recall what St. Matthew wrote: “Look at the birds in the sky! They don’t plant or harvest. They don’t even store grain in barns. Yet your Father in heaven takes care of them. Aren’t you worth more than birds?” Indeed, if we think hard, every moment is a gift.
Paying attention to each choice, each thought, and making the best of what I have and what I can do now to build toward a brighter future. It is essentially living in the moment. Each day is a gift whether I’m aware of it or not. So I might as well make the best of it now. There is nothing to wait for. As many have said, “What time is it?” The answer is NOW!
I’d slow down and pay attention more. I’d increase my awareness and I’d document my experiences more (photos or journaling) so that I can re-visit those memories at any time. And lastly, I’d probably be happier in general.
How might your life change if you believed that every moment is a gift?
It will best change – improve – empower – enlighten when I give the realized “gift” back. Gratitude is at its most complete when the received “gift” is returned to its sender / or to other being-ness-es / in some way. Be it prayer, blessing ……there are many way and I have experienced enough of these ways so that “believing” isn’t necessary.
Friday and the beginning of a spring weekend.
Here is an Eckhart Tolle quote to add perspective to to-day’s question.
“You are here to enable the Divine purpose of the Universe to unfold. THAT is how important you are.”
A dear friend of mine, whose whole life has been a medical challenge, is so filled with love. She is truly an inspiration. She never questions why so much suffering comes her way. She always says, “Bring it to the foot of the cross.” I think that is her way of telling me to dip below the surface of things to “the heart of being. To this day, she is a beacon for “practicing the presence”…for realizing the kinship between love and suffering. Or, as we say in 12-step: “Suffering is necessary but misery is optional.” This reminds me that every moment is a gift and when I can remember that fact, I do better, I don’t turn situations into problems. I roll with the punches. “Through love, we are softened back into presence. And through suffering, we are broken back into presence. However we get there, dropping below the surface of things returns us to the heart of all being, which sustains the kinship between all things…” Mark Nepo
I would be really happy!
This is how I am trying to live. Some days, or some moments, I can experience it, and some days it is difficult. So easy for me to get bogged down in everyday weariness and boredom and dissatisfaction.
So today I am not feeling well. I need to get a COVID test. But I can rest, the sun is shining, and the wind is moving the fat magnolia tree buds outside my window.
My friend Judith is a gift. She came to the rescue last night, bringing me chicken soup, saltines and seltzer water.
My students at school are a gift. They keep me in the present, and keep me amused and challenged.
My living situation and housemates as a gift? That takes practice seeing them that way! More often than not, they all seem like a obstacle and a ‘thorn in my side.’
Life as a gift. Keep on practicing. Looking up, keeping my sense of wonder and my sense of humor.
Sending you healing energy – feel better Maeve.
Oh, the wonder at each minute, as seeing the world through different eyes! Though I know and believe this is true, that each moment is a gift, living in that space at every moment is a challenge but is so beautiful and fulfilling!
It feels like it would be easy to breathe 🦋
HOW MIGHT YOUR LIFE CHANGE IF YOU BELIEVED THAT EVERY MOMENT IS A GIFT?I honestly believe that every moment is not only a gift, its a blessing, a chance, an opportunity to be your BEST SELF. During my self discovery/life I have been uncovering the purpose of LIFE. Your purpose in life is to discover your purpose and live your life as that better person. We all have our “role”/input in society which is our true moral obligation and purpose to live out. Some may provide the communities with education, food, humor ; however we tend to be distracted from our true happiness by associating happiness and success with specific circumstance.
IF we are creating very particular circumstance in order to be happy, you may NEVER experience happiness. Many of us have similar beliefs to:
“the ONLY way I am HAPPY is IF iI have 4 kids, 1yr apart,, 2 boys and 2 girls and they must be twins, a promotion at my job and trusting & loving life partner”.
This is a HINDERING BELIEF because the expectation is to precise and not general enough fo r you to actually this will NOT be meant therefore that person will not experience happiness.
A simple vocabulary change is able to resolve and diffuse your circumstances. So for example if she would say “I am happy when I have a health family, an inspiring job and lose some baggage.:
Be truthful we humans tend to develop a ability of experience happiness at a higher level of wellbeing.
Yes, to-days desires can (and more then likely will be) ….tomorrows stumbling blocks.
This is still a work in progress for me. When things are going well, it is easy to see every moment as a gift. Beautiful, perfect, good flow. But when life or a moment is a struggle … that is tough. Sprained ankle, annoying moment at work, kids not listening. But I guess today I come back to the old Taoist “May Be” story about the farmer. May Be that moment is bad. But maybe, just maybe it’s not. May be we can be grateful for everything. Life in all it’s beautiful, messy, frustrating wonderous glory. Gratefulness
Life would be a glorious dance of vitality and joy. I would spin with the universe as if I was part of the cosmos. Each moment of every day would be in gratitude for the deeper sense that just drawing breath and seeing creation and tasting and feeling are gifts just for me. Each sunrise and sunset was made just for my viewing pleasure. I would take nothing or anyone for granted. I would love from the bottom of my heart.
Hi SK, your energy is so alive!
I believe it, but I could be more conscious, moment by moment, of the giftedness.
I believe it with all my heart. But my actions don’t always follow suit. If I lived what I believe, I would take better care of the insanely gifted body (that is, the way the organs and systems work together to keep me alive and functioning) with which I was given. If I truly lived it, I would not squander the hours I spend on social media, Netflix and otherwise in front of screens that produce no fruit, and instead be out in the world working for peace and justice, or just building relationships with my neighbors. If I truly lived what I believe, I would not whine about what I see as other people’s short-comings, and spend more time with them, listening to their life stories, enjoying life with them, accepting them for who they are, OR cutting that relationship off and moving on. Believing and living your beliefs are two different things.
On an episode of the TV show “Malcolm in the Middle,” guest star David Cassidy once delivered a line that more or less went, “This moment is a gift. That’s why I call it “the present.” I love that pun. – If I believed every moment is a gift, I’d probably spend fewer of them watching reruns of “Malcolm in the Middle.”
“The past is history, the future is mystery but now is a gift. That why we call it the present.” I’ve seen that quote many times and I think it is usually attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt.
Wow…what a perfect question for this day. Two days ago my husband Earl and I were ready for bed, he was sitting in his chair watching TV, I was in the bedroom, talking to a friend on the phone. Earl called out to me, his voice was strange, I knew something was wrong. I ran to the living room where he held his head in his hand and cried, “Somethings wrong!” and began vomiting violently. I called 911 as I attended to him. I followed the ambulance to the hospital; my mind raced. I prayed. The doctors who admitted him suspected a stroke. After two days in the hospital and a myriad of drugs and tests doctors have decided Earl experienced a severe inner ear disturbance. He needs some physical therapy but by all accounts he will fully recover.
EVERY moment, is a gift.
Belief in each moment as a gift and actually experiencing each moment as a gift or two different things. As far as belief is concerned I am on board with the idea of life’s giftedness. However I do not always experienced it within my being. And when I do experience it in my being I’m living in a completely different world.
My problem is seeing mosquitoes as a gift.
I feel that way about roaches.
Yes Holly. You picked a good example there!
I chuckled, Holly. I have a file on my computer called, “Carol’s Sayings.” One of my sayings is, “My life has purpose today. I was breakfast for a mosquito.”
You know, Mark Twain spoke of mosquitos often. One of my favorites is, “A mosquito can keep you awaker than a guilty conscience!”
I think birds, bats, lizards, frogs, and some fish are obligated by creation to see them as a gift. The rest of us can be forgiven for seeing them otherwise. 🙂
Well done! And I love the birds, bats, lizards, frogs, and fish! 🙂
My interpretation of mosquitoes (and ticks )is that they remind me that I’m not yet in heaven, tempted though I am to think that sometimes in these Northwoods where I live! 🙂
Believing that every moment is a gift would keep love at the forefront. Cherishing every little bit, including the hard lessons, would keep anxiety low & gratitude at the heart of it all. I muck up a lot of amazing moments with my thoughts. When I get that “figured out” my life will be even more extraordinary.
I’ve said it here before that diabetes is like paying rent to live in one’s own body. Every moment is predicated on the availability of exogenous insulin and without it I would die within a month. Where it comes to believing every moment is a gift I have a lot of ground to cover. The last three years since my diagnosis have been some of the most joyous days I’ve ever known and, whereas I am most certainly grateful for this time, are these moments a gift or am I simply living on borrowed time? I choose to think of each moment in terms of its ROI (return on investment)
This is such a perfect question for some things that have been going thru my mind the past couple of days. I did a guided meditation this morning that eventually took me thru appreciating my organs and how they just do their thing with no effort needed from me. What a gift!
Every moment is, indeed, a gift, and I try to remember that as I go thru each new day. It really does make a difference – more gratitude, more joy, more peace of mind.
Blessings to you and your fiance, sunnypatti, for tomorrow and your future together. Have a wonderful, special day💖 xx
I’ve been thinking of you – your wedding is tomorrow, right?! Blessings to you!
Yes, tomorrow! Thank you so much!
Enjoy all the special moments leading up to your wedding & then just immerse yourself in all that love⭐️
Thanks, Trish. Tomorrow is our big day, and I’m so excited! Really trying to not stress about the weather, as it’s forecasted to be in the 50s rather than the low 70s that we’ve been seeing the past couple of weeks. But my fiance reminded me that it will be perfect no matter what, and he’s right! Now I just need to practice my vows some more 🙂
I do believe that every moment is a gift, but I can not always see it as a gift. If I could really live in the now, I think my life would be peaceful, grateful and joyful.
Work in progress.
If one believes that every moment is a gift then their lives would be better. Anxiety and depression would not exist. We would need longer look at the difficult times in the past, or what might happen in the future and continue to ruminate on this. Doing so creates stress and personal hardship. It is better to acknowledge what happened to us in the past as a lesson to learn and to remember that the future is unknown because so many variables cannot be controlled. We should focus more on the now, what we have learned and be grateful for what and who we have. Our mental and physical health benefits from this attitude! It is time to LIVE!
I already believe, and know, that every moment of my life is a gift. Knowing that, and feeling that, has set my life’s path on a course that Spirit, and only Spirit, knows where it leads.
Living is a gift. Our bodies are gifts – even in death our tissues and organs can help living people. Amazing.
Well there would be a certain relief that I don’t have to do or prove anything with my life. That the whole point is really to LIVE. Even if one only pays a minimum of attention to the state of the world one realizes that the mere fact that I raised my head off a pillow in our circumstances is to observe that it truly IS a gift. So knowing, as I do, that I have enough, I can be open and share with others in all kinds of ways. Suddenly able to discern amidst the cacophony of the busy world the steady beat and moving with it, dance.
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