Living in the Present

It was spring but it was summer I wanted; the warm days and the great outdoors.
It was summer but it was fall I wanted; the colorful leaves and the cool dry air.
It was fall but it was winter I wanted; the beautiful snow and the joy of the holiday season.
It was winter but it was spring I wanted; the warmth and the blossoming of nature.
I was a child but it was adulthood I wanted; the freedom and the respect.
I was twenty but it was thirty I wanted; to be mature and sophisticated.
I was middle-aged but it was twenty I wanted; the youth and the free spirit.
I was retired but it was middle-age that I wanted; the presence of mind without limitations.
My life was over but I never got what I wanted. –
author unknown

Some things I’m learning about living in the present:

1. Dream about the future, but work hard today. Dream big. Set goals and plans for the future. But working hard today is always the first step towards realizing your dreams tomorrow.

2. Stop worrying. You can’t fully appreciate today if you worry too much about tomorrow.

3. Fully appreciate the moments of today. Soak in as much of today as you possibly can – the sights, the sounds, the smells, the emotions, the triumph, and even the sorrow.

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.” – Henry David Thoreau

We got to soak in some present moments and special memories with our youngest children in Hilton Head, SC.  Hilton Head is just down the road from us and has been so much fun to explore.  If you ever get the chance to go, don’t miss it!

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