Specifically, I have learned through the examples of such brave souls to focus on only
today. To be mindful of every decision that will affect the rest of the day, those with
whom I interact, and how today’s decisions will affect tomorrow.
Twenty-four hours. Nowhere on this planet does anyone get days that are longer than
that. No one gets an extra five or ten minutes. Just 1,440 minutes. And each of these
minutes is a gift. How we choose to spend them is up to us.
Years ago, I wondered how many hours I’d have if I were to live to be a hundred years
old. At that time it was over 500,000 hours. Fascinated with this figure, I reduced it to
minutes and then seconds. Looking back, I have greater appreciation for the often used
idiom ‘how time flies.’ According to The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary, people
have been using the phrase since 1800 when it was first recorded. I wasn’t the only one to
marvel at how the hours of each day, week, month and year can take wing when we focus
on something other than the mental whispers that tempt and taunt us to take a mind-
number at the first sign of unpleasantness.
How did I want to spend the abundant number of hours, if I should live to be a
hundred years old? At the time, I chose to laugh often, to forget past slights, rebuffs and
offenses, to forgive my own failings and those of others, and to be worry free. I chose to
live in the present, to enjoy and savor simple moments, and to avoid stress.
I experienced plenty of bumpy roads,
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