Hello from Carbondale, Colorado! Welcome to this glorious Friday, January 31, 2020! This is a rare and precious day that will never come again.
Last week, I wrote about goodbyes and how every rare and precious moment is passing. We never get a second chance. While this has become very inspiring and motivates me to do my best to not waste even minute of my life, I must admit that there is something kind of sad about this truth of impermanence. This is not a bad thing. But I’ve also learned that we can think about this from a much different perspective: each moment is a new beginning.
As I mentioned last week, my tendency was to look back and regret all the things I missed out on because I wasn’t paying close attention to what I was doing. I can still fall into that type of thinking, if I’m not mindful. However, if I call to mind that each moment is a new moment – a new beginning – I don’t have to let the failures (which aren’t really failures) of the past dictate what I do in this moment. If in each moment, I don’t forget what is important to me – my values – I can act in a way that is purposeful and meaningful, with attention and intention. I won’t ever look back and regret acting in alignment with my values. But I’ll come back to this point. I want to speak a little more to these seeming failures of the past.
When I was in my first year of recovery over 11 years ago, I lo