I urge you, dear friend, not to take for granted your good health, your eyesight, your hearing, your sense of smell, your taste buds, your ease of movement, your thoughts, your emotions, not even the air you breathe.
Do you realize that in an instant you could lose any of them or maybe even all? With a brutal rip of its claw, savage reality could deprive you of these treasured possessions that now you may not even know you possess. An accident, a fall, a crash, a wound, a shot, an illness, heartbreak, any of these can occur at any time, tomorrow, today, a moment after now. Don’t wait for something bad to remind you that life is good. Instead, remind yourself every day that you are whole, that you are well, that what you have is enough for you to be happy, and when you eat eat, when you drink drink, when you walk walk, when you work work, when you kiss kiss, when you look at the sky look at the sky.
Don’t let yourself be distracted by what was or what may be.
Don’t let scurry thoughts or fickle emotions distract you from the here, from the now, from yourself.
Let the flow of life bear you where it will, but be present, attend to your life, be fully awake, open your senses, take in the good and take in the bad as well, let these mix and mingle to create a state of keen awareness in which nothing escapes you and in which your static, repetitive mind dissolves into a fluent mindstream, a succession of images and impressions of all kinds that broadens the horizon of your thinking and saturates your emotions.
Open your senses and soak up life like a sponge, savor the little things that bring great satisfaction: the many flavors of food, the quiet serenity of resting after a hard day’s work, the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you have a shelter above your head, the pleasurable complicity and agreeable company of family, friends, and lovers, the morning greeting of the sunrays on your cheek, all the thousand other comforts available to you in this day and age.
Wherever you are, whatever you do, do not take yourself, your life, for granted; try to be awake, try to live living, not live believing that there will be something more, something better – the best is already here, is already now, for you to recognize and enjoy.