This moment is unique. There will be many other moments after this one, but they wont be THIS one. You may have many chances to take advantage of the opportunities in your life, but this is your last chance to experience what it would be like to take advantage of those opportunities now. The next moment may contain the same set of possibilities as the present moment, but the difference in your relationship to time will cause you to experience those possibilities differently. Each moment ushers in a new kind of energy.
Once upon a time, we were children. Now, we’re adults. Life didn’t stop for us after we exited childhood. It simply evolved into a different form. We didn’t disappear. We graduated to another stage of existence. Nevertheless, those days are done. We’re still capable of doing many of the things we did (or didn’t do) back then, but it wouldn’t mean the same thing to us now. Making mud pies at age 45 might be a thrilling experience, but it wont be a substitute for not having done it at age 5. That particular phase of life, with its unique quality of energy, is gone.
Here’s today’s two cents:
The existence of future moments, whether in this life or in the afterlife, does not minimize or negate the preciousness of the moment we are now in.
If we don’t say “I love you” now, if we don’t say “I appreciate you” now, if we don’t remember to laugh now, if we don’t take the time to enjoy the ones we love now, is it possible that we’ll get another chance in the future or in the next life? Maybe so.
Will it mean the same thing? Honestly, we don’t know.
The only thing we know for certain is that the moment we are in is the one to cherish.