It's fine to work toward future goals, but don't forget that today will never come again. You have only twenty-four hours to enjoy it.
Some people put life on hold while striving for their dreams. At first their theme song is, "After I attain ______, then I'll be happy." Then, later, after the success of attaining pales, the regrets are felt. "Why didn't I take time to plant a garden?" (or play with my children, visit old friends, be kinder to my partner, relax, go to the movies, go hiking?).
Instead of waiting to be an old lady to wear purple, wear it now. Instead of waiting for retirement to live in a beautiful place, consider finding a way to get there now. When we live our lives in accordance with our dreams, it becomes easy to cheer for other people doing so. When we don't, it's easy to be sour grapes, unsupportive, or jealous when others break free and follow their heart's desire.
Recently I received a letter from my former Minneapolis neighbors. "We've put our house up for sale," it read. "We came home from the country and said, 'No more!' We don't want to live in the city so we're going to leave. We're looking at a small town in Colorado with sunny days, mild winters, and we're talking it over with our teenage children." The energy and joy jumped off the page. I could share their happiness because I knew how much I enjoyed my move to the mountains. I sent back a postcard that said, "Great! Wow! You did it and I'm glad." There was a time in my life when, because I wasn't living where I wanted to be, I would have felt a tinge of jealousy and could not have been so happy for them.
So if you feel as if your life is somewhere out there as opposed to right here, stop and ask yourself, really ask yourself:
* What is missing in my life?
* What have I put on hold?
* What am I waiting for?
* What would really fill my heart and make me happy?
* What would I regret if I died tomorrow?
Though you may not die tomorrow, the saddest death is walking around like a robot, cut off from the magic of today--from love, from beauty, from being where you want to be.
And remember, if all life is sacred, then today is sacred. Ask yourself, What am I doing to feel joy today? A wonderful way to start the day is to bless it:
Blessings on this day, may I make it special in some way.
Blessings on my life, may I treat it with love and care.
Blessings on all people, may I see the goodness in everyone.
Blessings on nature, may I notice its beauty and wonder.
Blessings on the truth, may it be my constant companion.