Imagine then, (if this is the way you live life from day to day) what will your thoughts be in the last moments of your life? Will you crave more time? Will you feel unfulfilled? Will you have regrets?
The solitude of living on the farm has given me the opportunity to ponder these questions. I have come to the conclusion that I want the rest of my life to be deliberate...to enjoy each and every moment with gratitude for the gift of all that surrounds me in this beautiful world. I want to truly experience life with every part of my being.
This thought crystallized for me last night as I was arriving home from a class that I teach. It was a perfectly clear evening. The sun was down, but the moon was full and provided enough light to make objects on the ground quite visible. Here in the country, when the sun goes down it gets DARK....but not so last night. I could have missed the moon altogether. Or, I could have noticed it and gone in the house....just another full moon like any other. But no, instead, I stood and really looked at that moon...illuminated by the distant sun, highlighting the shadowy contours of its surface. I basked in the silvery stillness around me. When I had drunk in all that I could with my eyes, I focused on my ears. I heard the usual cacophony of crickets in the surrounding woods and the eerie trill of a screech owl in the distance. I felt the cool, moist autumnal air against my bare arms and smelled the damp decay of the first fallen leaves. All of this....in just one moment of time. And that moment became extraordinary...unforgettable.
Our lives are nothing more than a long strand of moments. Each of us has the power to turn each of those moments into a jewel worth treasuring. Imagine, if you will, the end of your life...with your glittery, sparkling strand of moments wrapped around you. You need not have a cent to your name to leave this world as rich as a King!