We’ve all heard the saying, “live everyday as if it were your last”, but how many of us really understand what it means, or actually take the time to do it?
Last night I watched the film, About Time – a film about love and time travel, but for me it was much more than this. For me it was a perfectly timed reminder about what a precious gift each and every day of our lives really is.
The other day, I fell into the trap of comparing my life to other people’s. I started to feel that, because I’ve had a chronic illness for so many years and haven’t been able to do much out in the big wide world, somehow my life paled in comparison. As if all the things I’ve achieved weren’t really worth very much. And believe me, it wasn’t a good feeling!
But, last night I was reminded that every second of my life is a blessing and that life is not so much about all the things you do, rather it’s more about how much you appreciate it and enjoy it for all it’s ordinariness.
I think it’s all too easy to go through our days stuck in a routine, focusing on rushing through to the end of the day, on getting stuff done and not pausing to notice the little wonders and miracles going on around us.
In the film, the main character, Tim, discovers on his 21st birthday that all the men in his family have the ability to travel back in time and can change what happens in their own lives.
Towards the end – I won’t spoil it for you. Promise! – Tim’s Dad reveals his secret, two-part formula for happiness in which he lives each day twice over. The first time with all the normal stresses and strains of everyday life, not paying attention to how “sweet the world can be”. And the second time, really enjoying all the good parts.
Having the gift of time travel would be pretty useful, I grant you that, but there’s really nothing to stop us living each of our days as if we were experiencing them for the second time. It’s all a question of choosing where to put our focus.
I’ll leave you with this quote from the film, which I think sums it up perfectly:
“And in the end I think I’ve learned the final lesson from my travels in time…The truth is I now don’t travel back at all, not even for the day, I just try to live every day as if I’ve deliberately come back to this one day, to enjoy it, as if it was the full final day of my extraordinary, ordinary life.”
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