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Appreciate Life

by Marianne Moro

Melting Pot by Karin Kuhlmann
"Melting Pot" by Karin Kuhlmann

Every day, we hear ourselves and others say, in an exasperated voice, things like:
“These kids are driving me crazy!”
“This cashier is too slow -- I'm going to be late for my appointment.”
“I'll go out next week. I'm too tired tonight.”

These sayings fill many people's lives as they rush from one event to the next, cramming fifteen things into one day to get a feeling of accomplishment. Living a full life has very little to do with how many appointments we have on our “to-do” list, but it's the quality and lasting effects of what we do that matters. A very busy person doesn't always lead a rich life -- a harried workaholic might concentrate on their career, forsaking any kind of social or spiritual life, and feel empty even though they are constantly busy.

The other day I heard that an acquaintance of mine was diagnosed with cancer and may not live another year. Another friend is stricken with hepatitis and his health fluctuates. And these are people in their mid-forties -- too young to be so sick. But that's the unpredictability of life. Sickness doesn't discriminate. It doesn't put you at the bottom of the list because of your age or your looks. It made me think that many people need to appreciate life more. We don't have an unlimited amount of time. We can look at the attention-starved child as a joy and teach her a song instead of fobbing her off on the baby sitter. The moment we become sick or incapacitated, we'll regret the opportunities we missed. Learn to savor life. Really live it yourself, instead of spending time watching make-believe characters on TV or concentrating on trivialities.

I knew a woman who was heralded as a promising musician when she was young, but had an unplanned pregnancy, got married, and had an up and down relationship with her husband for the next fifteen years. She always talked about getting back into music, but never did anything about it. She complained about her family life, saying that she wanted to divorce her husband and have a career, but she never acted on that, either. Thus, she lived most days in a kind of limbo, not being satisfied or happy with any area of her life. And that's how many people live their lives. It's much better to say, “This is what I like, this is what I do, and I'm going to follow it through.” Better to be a happy forest ranger than a miserable alcoholic executive making five times the money.

Don't spend most of your life saying, “I wish I'd done this. I wish I'd done that.” Say instead, “I'm glad I met those people. I'm glad they were part of my life. I'm glad I did that. I'm glad I took a chance.”

Life is a gift. Don't squander it.

Marianne Moro is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her writing has been featured in Manifest Way.com, Aquarius/Sign of the Times, Aribella.com and in many other publications and websites. She works part-time for a film trade magazine, and considers New Orleans her “home away from home.” You can contact Ms. Moro at Vkjade@aol.com



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