It occurred to me, yesterday morning that you never know what
can happen. One moment in time can change everything. We spend so
much of our time working towards something--our education, a better
income, job, house, car, etc., etc. We often forget to savor the
I keep thinking back on my experience in the mountains, about
one friend in particular, who viewed every single thing with
absolute Joy. It was like seeing something for the first time or
finally understanding something that we'd been struggling with. You
know that feeling, right? It's the moment when something, some
idea, suddenly sinks in and it's such a beautiful thing. I marvel
at that Joy. Sometimes I see it in my classmates. Mostly I see it
in children when they experience something for the first time.
In my former life, I had the amazing experience of volunteering
for a hippotherapy organization. If you're not familiar with
hippotherapy--it's using horses as physical therapy for posture,
body control, and many other things. I worked with all ages and
disorders, but mostly with children with autism and cerebral palsy.
Joy. Every moment of every day spent volunteering there was Joy.
The moment they made an accomplishment, were able to sustain a
movement, sit up straight--each time, pure Joy.
We spend so much time working towards our goals that we forget
to experience Joy. It's not as simple as taking time for ourselves.
That's important, too. What I mean is--smell the roses, chase the
rainbows, seize the day.
A good friend of mine lost someone that she loved dearly this
past week. I've stood by her as she's struggled to get a handle on
her life, her relationship with that oldest and dearest friend, and
figure out where to go from here. Every word I've heard uttered
about that friend was that she enjoyed the experience of Life and
relished it. But every time we lose someone that we love, there's
always some form of sadness or regret--regret that we didn't get to
spend more time with them, or that we said or did the wrong thing,
or that they had so much more to experience in their own lives.
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In 1989, a movie came out called "Dead Poet's Society." This
movie, which I highly recommend, talks about sadness, loss, and
regret--what happens when we miss our lives because we're focused
on the wrong things. The phrase, Carpe Diem, gained its
popularity from this film. It means, if you're not familiar, Seize
My challenge to all of you reading is this: Don't put off until
tomorrow what you could do today. Don't hesitate to tell someone
that you love them. Don't hesitate to show your love. Don't put off
learning something that you want to learn. And whatever you do,
don't let another day go by with one ounce of regret. Make it