If you’re like most people, you probably don’t realize how good your life actually is. It’s easy to overlook the positive of your present moment when you are obsessing on the negative.
Remaining “too busy” or daydreaming about the life that you don’t have is also an escape from your reality.
In the following inspirational story posted by a Quora user, a girl comes to realize what is truly important.
Read the passage below.
When I was a little girl, I remember that when my dad would repair something, he would always ask me to hold the hammer, just so we would have a time for a conversation with each other. I never saw my dad drinking or taking a night out with the boys, all he did after work was take care of his family.
When I grew up and left home for college, my dad would call me every Sunday morning, no matter what. Several years later when I bought a house, my dad painted it by himself for three days in the 80-degree summer heat. All he asked was for me to talk to him while he held his paint brush. But I was too busy in those days; I did not find any time for a conversation with my dad.
Four years ago, my dad visited me. He spent many hours putting together a swing set for my daughter. He asked me to bring him a cup of tea and to have a talk with him. But I had to prepare for a trip that weekend, so I did not have time for any long conversations that day.
One Sunday morning during one of our usual telephone conversations, I noticed that my dad was becoming more forgetful. He couldn’t remember some of the things that we had recently discussed. Because I was in a hurry, our conversation was short. A few hours later, there came a call. My father was in a hospital after having an aneurysm. Immediately I bought a plane ticket so I could visit him. On my way, I thought about all the missed opportunities I had to have a talk with my dad.
By the time I have arrived at the hospital, my father had passed away. Now it was he who did not have time for a conversation with me. I realized how little I knew about my dad, his deepest thoughts and dreams.
After his death, I learned much more about him, and even more about myself. All he ever asked of me was my time. And now he has just that: all of my attention, every single day.
Never take for granted what you have right now. For in an instant, it can be snatched away.
When you don’t live in the present moment, there is so much beauty that escapes you. Time seems to escape through fingers like falling granules from a handful of sand.
Don’t let this happen to you. Live in the now!
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