The spin instructor implores his class – “Make it count!”.
“Don’t regret it later”, he adds.
His message is clear – make this moment in time useful, give it your all.
Mary Oliver says it a little differently in her poem about a Summer’s Day. Excerpt is taken from her poem:
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
Are you living a life that you will regret ten years down the road? Are you paying attention to the things that matter, to the people who matter, to the life you are living as you are busy planning it?
Those who honor the people they married, who honor who their children are, who are mindful of their feelings, lead lives of more simplicity, authenticity and peace.
What would you do differently today, and in the next few years? What is the life you would like to lead? Is your life about achievements or about connectedness? What will you remember about the year? The family vacation, what your kid did, what your partner and you started? Don’t wait to make a New Year’s resolution, but think about what sustainable change you can start now that will pay attention to the quality of your life.
Perhaps in a year you can look back at this time and know you started down a slightly different path, one that positively affected you and those close to you.