“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this.” – Henry David Thoreau
Recently, I spent a week in the Sierras. It is a place like no other, offering my soul the deep emotional cleansing so often needed to maintain my inner sense of wholeness and peace. As I sat on granite thrones, serenaded by ageless trees as they were touched by the timeless wind, my senses were flooded with “Tree Music” … a rich, powerful symphony played out in a theater hosted by the Universe and touched by God.
Such sounds have always moved me … calling forth inner songs and melodies rarely surfaced but deeply felt. In those moments I thought of its place within the puzzle of my life, and clearly realized it is pure, unequaled joy. Alone, serenaded while gazing out onto the basin leading to other ranges, I thought of this moment. Its richness. Its uniqueness. Its rarity. Such a gift, especially while knowing the fact that the forces collaborating in this instant will be gone forever in moments ahead.
As I reflected on the “feelings” being felt, I saw in the moment its significance … the “why” I have been given this rare instant in the Universe’s playground of time. It is to tell me that my life too … my instants of the “now” … will also soon disappear into the past.
And it is because of that impermanence … that known axiom of Universal experience, that a message once again clearly voiced itself. The message … one must live in the instant. One must not falter in the void of time for deeper consideration, but rather react from a wilder, less tame place triggered by emotion and feelings.
My observation … when one reaches a place along life’s journey such as me, impermanence becomes more pronounced … nearer … more poised to sweep away the moment. I see I must shed caution and deep consideration and focus on reacting based on feelings and instant response. “If not now, then when …” a close friend recently proclaimed. And that phrase … those simple, chosen words now serve as my reminder on how to live each moment given me. The time is now … “feelings” drive the choices … and each moment must be lived, not skipped, or delayed, but embraced with all that dwells inside me.
As captured in a Bon Jovi song …
It’s my life, and its now or never.
I ain’t going to live forever.
I just want to live until I die.