Growing, Not Dying

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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Carpe Diem

Do you remember he movie Dead Poets Society? Carpe Diem. Seize the day. How often do you stop to embrace the moment? Do you ever just pause to be in awe of life? Do you take time to let those around you know how much you treasure them?

Over 7 years ago I sat visiting with a friend I didn't see often. Rather than be there in the moment, I was upset and stressed about an outside matter. Later after our meeting I felt badly and decided next time we got together we would go to the park and I would just be in the moment, enjoy seeing an old and dear friend. I never saw him again. He died.

Recently another dear friend touched in on my life. This time I did the best I knew how to let him know how much he meant to me, to convey the most important things I had to say, to be appropriately distant while being open. I am grateful for the opportunity. This time if something happens, I have no regrets.

Every day we decide where to focus our attention. If you are like me most of it goes to the mundane business of life, driving, working, cleaning, meetings, ect. "Magic" happens when we stop to direct our focus on the moment, to embrace those things around us, i.e. a child's laughter, a flower, the wind, the moon. I invite you to spend even just 2 minutes a day with life's pause button on. Let's find magic together.

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