Today's guest post was written by Lisa from Lisa's Yarns.
“Often people attempt to live their lives backward; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.” ~ Margaret Young
This was the quote on my page-a-day calendar earlier this month; I have been mulling over it since reading it. I think many of us are guilty of this – at least I know I am. It seems like we are always living for ‘someday’.
Someday, I will rent a flat in the Marais district of Paris for a week.
Someday, I will buy new furniture – but not until I have moved out of my condo and into a house.
Someday, I will figure out which job would maximize my strengths and not keep me up at night, stressing.
The list could go on and on. There is nothing wrong with these lofty someday goals – so long as we don’t wake up at 30 or 50 or 70 and find that we haven’t accomplished them – or at least made an effort to accomplish them.
I fear that by the time I am in the position to take that trip to Paris, my lifestyle will no longer accommodate it. Maybe I will have a couple of kids at home or I will be caring for a sick parent.
When I look back in 20 years, will I still be glad that I set aside so much in savings or will I wish I had splurged and sent myself on the trip of a lifetime?
This excerpt from a forward I recently received has me thinking I won’t regret taking that trip…
“Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round?
Or listened to the rain lapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butter fly's erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?
Do you run through each day on the fly?
When you ask, 'How are you?'
Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done, do you lie in your bed?
With the next hundred chores running through your head?
Ever told your child, 'We'll do it tomorrow.'
And in your haste, not see his sorrow?
Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die?
Just call to say 'Hi?
When you worry and hurry through your day,
it is like an unopened gift....
Life is not a race. Take it slower.
Hear the music before the song is over.”
What are you doing to make sure you “hear the music before the song is over”?