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This Present Moment

“I get it now; I didn’t get it then. That life is about losing and about doing it as gracefully as possible…and enjoying everything in between.” -Mia Farrow 

I recently had coffee with a man in his 40’s.

“You should have kids”, he said. “Don’t be afraid. Don’t worry about money. Don’t worry about whether or not you’d be a good parent. Have some kids. You’ll figure all the other stuff out as you go along.”

“Do you have any kids?”, I asked?

“No!” was the reply.

Silence.

“I screwed up”, he said. “I convinced my wife to wait until we could afford a house, but by the time that day came around, it was too late. Unforeseen medical problems now prevent us from having children. Today, there’s nothing I wouldn’t give to have a few kids. I should have just decided to have kids.”

None of us have any idea what tomorrow is going to take away.

Three nights ago my best friend’s 3-year old nephew almost drowned.

He’s been in critical condition ever since.

I just found out, 5 minutes ago, that he died.

My friends, it’s been said a million times but it bears endless repeating:

The present moment is the only reality we have. Everything else is a guess. If there’s anything or anyone in your life worth being thankful for, worth making time for, or worth saying “I love you” to, I invite you to reconsider the assumption that there’s a better time for these activities than right now.

Sincerely,

T.K. Coleman

P.S. I don’t always reply as quickly as I would like to your comments, but I appreciate all of you lovely people out there who have ever taken the time to read my thoughts whether you comment or not. I’m sending you all thoughts of appreciation.

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