Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.

We can't stop the clocks from clicking or grab hold of the sun and push it back so that yesterday, and yesterday's mistakes, can be relived. It is not possible. But what I've learned over the years is that we needn't relive yesterday, we simply need to chalk up old mistakes as part of the greater scheme of living. Lessons learned and all.

Life is lived in moments and every one of those moments matter. No matter how they are carried out, they matter. Mistakes made, opportunities not taken, roads not traveled, all come together, join the positive and proud moments in our lives to formulate and coalesce into a life lived. The tragedy occurs when our individual lives lay stagnate and pointless, when, after years of ignoring our fate, bypassing the opportunities that come our way, we still do not learn to take a chance, to make an attempt.

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." Mr. Lincoln was right and the point he was trying to make is that living is our responsibility. Its what we owe ourselves because the life we've been given is too fleeting, far too short to live in regret. Never regret. Learn from the sins of the past and anticipate the hope of the future. That is only in your hands. God gives us roads to travel, but doesn't push us forward. We have to do that.

All this came to me when I saw Susan Boyle take what could be one of her last chances. She isn't young, not particularly beautiful and the only shape she has is round, but you know what? She's done something not many would dare try. She stepped forward, she seized her moment and came out smiling. God bless her for it.

Check her out:

To try and fail is one thing, to not try at all, is simply pathetic.

From "Mr. Button"

For what it’s worth, it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit... start whenever you want... you can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that stop you. I hope you feel things that you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life that you’re proud of and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.

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