The cycle of life

January 3, 2011

It’s a new year. A new day. A refreshed mind. A rejuvenated spirit.

I see people greeting each other, asking how the break treated them, and what their plans for 2011 are.

And I think: isn’t it just more of the same thing, with some surprises thrown in?

We’re still working on cyclical projects, interacting more electronically than in person, aggravated by the same problems, and making (relatively) the same plans as we did last month.

Technically it’s a new year. But is it more than just a change in the last two digits of that mm.dd.yy format?

Every year around October it hits me that one more year has passed. One more year of inconsequentiality.

Sure, there are achievements to be proud of, relationships that are forged or broken, and a sense of movement, but beyond that, isn’t every passing day a mirror image of the last one?

As much as I love making plans, I’m realizing that what really matters is enjoying the moment you’re in.

Live in the here and now.

Love in the here and now.

All of us know this, but it’s good to be reminded once in a while.

The older I get, the more I’m beginning to appreciate the passage of time, the swiftness with which the present becomes the past, and the value of “things” money can’t buy.

The more I hear about older relatives and parents’ friends passing away, the more cognizant I become of our borrowed time.

Whether you’re doing different things or doing things differently this year, remember to savor “the moment” and those around you.

You get only one chance to live this life.

Live it fully.

Relish it completely.

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6 Responses to The cycle of life

  1. Thelma ZirkelbachNo Gravatar on January 3, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    What a great post. So true. Thanks.

  2. ArchanaNo Gravatar on January 3, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Lovely post!! So true!:)

  3. SunilNo Gravatar on January 4, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Very true indeed, loved the post, time is passing faster these days, live the moment is the key to live, yesterday is history, tomorrow is mystery, the present is a gift, thats why its called present !

  4. Abha MidhaNo Gravatar on January 4, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Happy New year Mansi!

    Yes, i totally agree with you on 2 counts. That we get only one life and that we should live and relish the moments NOW. For moments gone can never be brought back, so live sensibly :)

  5. sajeev kumar menonNo Gravatar on January 8, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Wish you a happy new year! Thanks for the nice thoughts of living life fully in the present

  6. Ronnie ChrisieNo Gravatar on January 8, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Wonderfully stated. And, so true. One of the oft-quoted, old hippie mantras was, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” One would see it posted everywhere. Literally posted with a nail, or a pushpin, or a tack. On billboards, walls in offices, homes, coffee shops, campuses, etc. It’s a simple reminder of just what you’re talking about in your post, Mansi. Funny how, even as time passes, there are those timeless messages that manage to survive and thrive. Good to see this message is still being “posted” and appreciated by you. Thanks for reminding me.


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