A life worth living
“Because we don’t know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, an afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four, five times more, perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps 20. And yet it all seems limitless.” —Paul Bowles, “The Sheltering Sky”
Why are you running?
Our culture is obsessed with the concept of being busy. As a result, ours is a hurried existence. Once the morning alarm blares, we race from the moment we step out of bed to the moment we collapse back into it.
The more rushed your day, the more important you are. The more hours you spend at work, the more dedicated you are. The more time you take moving, doing, working, going — the less time you have to ponder whether you are truly fulfilled.
As a nation, we boast of our greatness, yet a dismally small fraction of our days are truly devoted to being happy. We survive solely for the weekend, the next vacation, the upcoming holiday, the newest gadget. But when you’re constantly waiting for “the next big thing,” how many sunrises, embraces from your child, smiles from your partner, walks in the park, enjoyable conversations, cuddles with your pet and phone calls with an old friend have you missed?
When did you last live in the moment? When did you last feel the joy and limitless possibility of life itself?
Take this moment and make it better
Imagine our world with a little less “busy” and a little more happiness. What if we all spent a little more of our days focused on self-fulfillment? When we’re happy, we’re better able to make others happy too.
You can be the spark that makes this happen. Make a promise — right now — to focus on the moment; to experience joy and to share it with others.
If this task is daunting, the articles in the following pages can help. Our writers and advertisers offer tips to help you and yours live well. Learn how to practice mindfulness and stay healthy enough to make the best of your time on this earth. By doing so, you can make a positive difference in the lives of all whom you encounter.
Live today, don’t just survive it. Remember: That new smartphone, the TV, the last email at work can wait. Your happiness and well-being shouldn’t have to.