I can’t count how many times I’ve heard, or read, something to the effect of, “I can’t wait for this year to be over,” as if the wave of a magic wand on January 1st, 2021 is instantly going to improve our situation.
Over this last year we have been faced with some extraordinary challenges. Not only has it been difficult to comprehend, but it has also been taxing to adjust to the demands placed upon us. At times I have felt quite disoriented. These challenges are real and are the conditions for mental, emotional, and spiritual discord. Nevertheless, please don’t wait for an imaginary future day when things will be restored to a state of normalcy to improve the quality of your life. Meow is the time.
What scares me the most about “I can’t wait for 2020 (or this day) to be over” is the simple fact that no-one is promised a tomorrow. As a former operating room nurse, I saw the light go out on many precious lives who earlier in the day probably never considered that day would be their last.
Each morning I call to mind the fleeting nature of my life, of each moment. This reflection is one of the most transformative Mindfulness practices that I engage in daily. We only get one chance with each moment that arises; we only have this life. This practice motivates me and generates an ur