Nate’s Monday Morning Message
Welcome to this week’s Monday Morning Message! Thursday last week I paid my respects to a childhood friend who left the world far too early. This quote reminds me an important lesson about the journey of life.
Life is meant to be lived — to its fullest. It’s not meant to be spent waiting for “someday” or “someone.” The journey is happening, whether you have the perfect body or the right amount of money in the bank. Life is happening now, and there is no guarantee how many tomorrows we’ll have. What can you do this week to live life to the fullest? Let’s make it a great week!
Story About Sense of Time…
Once, an old man and a young man were sitting on the shore of a wild and stormy river.
“Master,” the student asked, “why does the time flow straight, but always ripples, either slowing down to a complete stop, or racing like a cow with a thistle under her tail?”
The teacher looked at the seething water and answered:
“You see there are a few large stones in the river and a lot of small pebbles. Imagine that the river is your life. If you will only rejoice over big occasions: about your wedding that will happen next month, that after one year you will have a son, that after five years you will be able to start your business, then you will cross your life in a few jumps, like jumping from one stone to another. If you will move in small paces over the pebbles, taking joy in small things: a sunny day, the beauty of autumn forest, a good conversation, later looking back at your life you won’t see ten big stones, on which you jumped, but lots of your own traces, every of which you will be able to remember with a happy smile. And you will see that the road that you have crossed is much longer.”
“But teacher, when I love, do the work that I like, talk with friends – the time flies fast, but the same time drags so long when I’m hurting, when I’m afraid and alone.”
“You see,” the old man answered wistfully, “this is what it should be. When we are unhappy, we don’t live but exist. During it, the time lies still in our wallets, and only for our happiness we pay the ringing coin of time, that we still have left.”
WORDS OF INSPIRATION
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” – Mark Twain
“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” – Elbert Hubbard
“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell
“Don’t send me flowers when I’m dead. If you like me, send them while I’m alive.” – Brian Clough
“Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.” – Buddha