If Not Now, When?

by Carol Hess on July 11, 2011

For Neil 

We spend 99.9% of our time on this planet in denial of the fact that our time on this planet is finite.  That’s just plain nuts. 

I don’t have a clue what does or doesn’t await us when we get done here.  I prefer to believe that I live on in some form or another, mainly because that belief makes me feel better.  Plus it just seems rather wasteful if all that happens is we get born, live a while, die, and that’s that.  Of course that’s probably my ego doing some wishful thinking. 

In view of the fact that none of us really knows what does or doesn’t await us after we die, doesn’t it make sense to presume the worst – that this is all there is – and live accordingly?  And I don’t mean shuffling along with drooped shoulders, our head hanging down, looking at the grass, and wondering when we’re going to be on the other side of it, pushing it up. 

I’m talking about walking briskly through our life, our head held high, our eyes wide open, looking all around, taking it all in so we don’t miss anything this particular moment has to offer.  Because there is never going to be this moment again.  Because we don’t really know how many more moments we have coming to us. 

Yeah, I know we aren’t wired to live that way all the time.  Or at least most of us aren’t.  Our human brains have a habit of bebopping back to the past or up to the future.  Or of getting mired down instead of lifted up in the moment. 

I think we’ll have to accept we aren’t going to be perfect at this being in the now thing.  I think we’ll have to settle for being just a bit more in the now than we used to be.  And that will just have to be good enough.  And it will be good enough.  In fact, it will be better than good enough. 

Just a few more moments of each day spent in total awareness and appreciation can really add up.  Think about it.  Let’s say right now today you commit to spending 5 minutes every day being majorly in the moment.  Just 5 measly minutes.  And let’s say you live another 35 years.  That’s 63,875 quality minutes you will have given yourself before you die on July 11, 2046.  That’s 1,065 hours.  That’s 44 days. 

Ask anyone on their deathbed what they would give for another 44 days of quality life, and I think you’ll discover what an amazing gift you can give yourself.  All you have to do for 5 measly minutes is slow down, lift your head up, look your mortality in the eyes, and appreciate the hell out of the fact you’re alive. 

What are you waiting for?  Do it.  Do it right now! 

If not now, when?

by Carol Hess


Categories Personal Empowerment, The Art of Star Polishing

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avatar Sandi Amorim July 11, 2011 at 1:24 pm

I saw the title of this post and thought “Carol is speaking my language!”
Love your take on the numbers and how we use them. I know for me, getting the finite number was a huge eyeopener that had a profound impact!


avatar Carol Hess July 11, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Yeah, I knew this post would catch your attention, Sandi! :) If I hadn’t been in such a hurry to get it published (I wanted my friend Neil’s wife to see it while she was with me today), I might have taken the time to put a link to your recent post that is so relevant. Feel free to do it yourself if you like.

The mathematics got to me too. Just going to prove once again how small changes lead to profound results.


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