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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.
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