We rush through life, always on the way to a new appointment, a meeting – something else. Read the following poem, entitled Realize, by an unknown author, and then stop, take time to live in the moment and value what is happening right now, rather than what lies ahead.
“To realize the value of one year, ask a student who has failed a final exam.
To realize the value of one month, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of one week, ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of one hour, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of one minute; ask a person who has missed the train, bus or plane.
To realize the value of one second, ask a person who has survived an accident.
To realize the value of one millisecond, ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.
Time waits for no one. Treasure every moment you have. You will treasure it even more when you can share it with someone special.”
(Quoted in The Fitness League Magazine, Winter/spring 2001, United Kingdom.)