“The only way to live is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle, which is exactly what it is: a miracle and unrepeatable” ~ Storm Jameson
Working with students and communicating with people in general I often get the sense that people are precious and moments are special. It is easy to fall into the trap that each day or tutoring session or conversation is just like the past ones and will be just like the future ones.
But then I try hard to remember to be completely in the exact moment. I try to see, really see the other person. When I do that, i can then pour my heart and soul into the moment. I don’t mean this in a macabre sense; but we do not know how much time we have with each other. By that I mean~ “if you knew that this was your last conversation ever with someone, or the last chance to sit and share a meal with someone, or your last chance to share your words or photos in your blog, what would you do or say”? What do you want that person to really, really know~about how you feel about that person, how you view life, what is important, etc.?
Here is my perspective. When my son was a little guy we had bedtime rituals after bathtime. I would sit and read him a story—he would sit on my lap or snuggle close. It was a sweet time. Then we’d head to his room, I would tuck him in and sing two songs to him…(he always wanted ‘Hush little baby’ and Silent Night (yes, year round). Then we’d pray, and he’d fall sweetly to sleep. This went on for a couple of years really~and was how he sweetly wanted to end his day. All of a sudden, one night, after stories he asked if we could pray before he went to his room; we did. Then he hugged and kissed us goodnight and went to bed without the songs etc. I remember thinking “I wish I had known last night was the last time we’d have the whole tradition….I would have remembered to treasure it!” So since then, I have tried to be mindful.
Moments and days are precious….it is the only way to live! Our days are filled with moments that we can treasure! Love those moments~~they are miraculous and unrepeatable. I love that word unrepeatable!! All those miraculous unrepeatable moments are gifts.