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A Remembrance to Live By

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Hi, welcome to your Daily Mindfulness. So I'm going to share a poem with you today. When 85 year old Nadine Stair from Louisville, Kentucky was asked the question, how would you like to live your life differently if you had another chance? This is the poem she wrote in response. "If I had my life to live over again, I'd dare to make more mistakes next time. I'd relax, I'd limber up and I'd be a lot sillier than I've been on this trip.

I'd take fewer things seriously, and I would take more chances. I would eat more ice cream and way less beans. I would perhaps have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones. You see, I'm one of those people who is sensible and sane, hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I've had my moments, so don't get me wrong.

It's just that if I had to do it again, I'd have more of them. In fact, I'd try to have nothing else, just moments, one after the other, instead of living my life so many years ahead of each day. I'm one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, hot water bottle and a rain coat. If I could do it again, I'd travel lighter than I have. And if I had my life to live over, I'd start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way earlier or later into the fall.

I'd go to more dances, ride more merry-go-rounds and I would pick more daisies." So most of us can relate to something about this poem because like Nadine, we can all get caught up in our worries, problems, plans, and agendas. And we can be so busy getting there that we're never fully here. And in this busy day and age where the emphasis is always on getting things done and getting ahead, it's not often we allow ourselves the luxury of being fully present for our moments. Perhaps, because we hold a belief that it feels lazy or self-indulgent. But as we move through our day today and it'll serve us well to remember that when it comes down to it, we truly do only have moments in which to live just one after the other and how we meet our moments is how we live our lives.

So maybe contemplating the question, how would you like to live your life differently today, since you still have the chance? And perhaps you can just give yourself some permission to have some time to fully be and to enjoy the fullness and the richness of life all around you and the small wonders of the world around you.

Melli O'Brien

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A Remembrance to Live By

Personalized support for learning how to integrate mindfulness into your life. Delivered fresh everyday by our world renowned experts. Choose meditation duration:

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Hi, welcome to your Daily Mindfulness. So I'm going to share a poem with you today. When 85 year old Nadine Stair from Louisville, Kentucky was asked the question, how would you like to live your life differently if you had another chance? This is the poem she wrote in response. "If I had my life to live over again, I'd dare to make more mistakes next time. I'd relax, I'd limber up and I'd be a lot sillier than I've been on this trip.

I'd take fewer things seriously, and I would take more chances. I would eat more ice cream and way less beans. I would perhaps have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones. You see, I'm one of those people who is sensible and sane, hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I've had my moments, so don't get me wrong.

It's just that if I had to do it again, I'd have more of them. In fact, I'd try to have nothing else, just moments, one after the other, instead of living my life so many years ahead of each day. I'm one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, hot water bottle and a rain coat. If I could do it again, I'd travel lighter than I have. And if I had my life to live over, I'd start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way earlier or later into the fall.

I'd go to more dances, ride more merry-go-rounds and I would pick more daisies." So most of us can relate to something about this poem because like Nadine, we can all get caught up in our worries, problems, plans, and agendas. And we can be so busy getting there that we're never fully here. And in this busy day and age where the emphasis is always on getting things done and getting ahead, it's not often we allow ourselves the luxury of being fully present for our moments. Perhaps, because we hold a belief that it feels lazy or self-indulgent. But as we move through our day today and it'll serve us well to remember that when it comes down to it, we truly do only have moments in which to live just one after the other and how we meet our moments is how we live our lives.

So maybe contemplating the question, how would you like to live your life differently today, since you still have the chance? And perhaps you can just give yourself some permission to have some time to fully be and to enjoy the fullness and the richness of life all around you and the small wonders of the world around you.

Melli O'Brien

4.7

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