Seize The Moment, Be Present Now

Seize The Moment, Be Present Now

Something to FEEL Good About Now!

Ever get bogged down in the day to day stuff and forget how important it is to seize the day? We all do it. We forget that the only time that matters is in the moment.
When was the last time you did something spontaneously, without planning and just for fun? What might you create or do right now?

I had tea the other day with my too close friends, Jeannie and Rebecca. Our time together began with light conversation, chatting over tea and snacks. After awhile it led to sharing our frustrations regarding lack of clarity in our next career steps. What began as a joyful experience had taken a turn to become serious and I arrived home with a slight headache.

Suddenly my perspective shifted after reading the following email sent by my husband.

READ THIS VERY SLOWLY… IT’S PRETTY PROFOUND.

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven’t thought about it, don’t have it on their schedule, didn’t know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those people on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I’ve tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn’t suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word ‘refrigeration’ mean nothing to you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched ‘ Jeopardy ‘ on television?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said , ‘How about going to lunch in a half hour?’ She would gasp and stammer, ‘I can’t. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain’ And my personal favorite: ‘It’s Monday.’ She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.

Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches.. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We’ll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We’ll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We’ll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of ‘I’m going to,’ ‘I plan on,’ and ‘Someday, when things are settled down a bit.’

When anyone calls my ‘seize the moment’ friend , she is,open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you’re ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It’s just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-Decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now…go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to…not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

Make sure you read this to the end; you will understand why I sent this to you.

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed butterfly’s erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask ‘How are you?’ Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, ‘We’ll do it tomorrow.’ And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say ‘Hi’?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened
gift….Thrown away….. L ife is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over. Show your friends how much you care.

Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND including me if you consider me a friend.

If it comes back to you, then you’ll know you have a circle of friends.
To those I have sent this to… I cherish our friendship and
appreciate all you do. We have some history together.

‘Life may not be the party we hoped for… But while we are here we might as well dance!’

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Be An Optimist, Live Healthy and Happy

Be An Optimist, Live Healthy and Happy

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” -Sir Winston Churchill

Something to FEEL Good About Now!

Are you a pessimist or an optimist? Seeing the glass half full, may not be a trait you are born with, but it is a choice you can decide to make that will determine your level of health and happiness. If you want to experience more joy daily, choose to be an optimist.

There’s no doubt that it’s going to rain. A sprinkle can become a shower which can quickly turn into a down pour. There may be thunder and lighting and even unexpected and devastating flooding. The pessimist will complain about the weather and may even stay inside. The optimist will zip up their slicker, step into those rubber boots and grab their yellow umbrella. How each of them sees the storm depends upon how they view it. Taken in stride and accepted as just part of life, the optimist adjusts and makes the best of it anyway.

And so it is with all life situations. We can fight against them or accept and flow with them. It’s may not be easy but it’s up to us, and the benefits are very clear.

I believe we can all learn to be more hopeful, despite our natural inclination, in the end you can choice to be an optimist.

Why bother to even think about it? Studies prove that being optimistic can help you lead a happier, healthier life.

I believe it’s within your power to see reality and still rise above any situation no matter how difficult it may seem. It begins when you change your perspective to view the benefits no matter what.

I believe that it’s essential to happiness to find the positive point of view no matter what the situation. I also believe that even if it’s not in your nature, you can learn to be an optimist.

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