• Akila Venkatesh

#79:Live each day as if it were your last

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The time is just flying by and I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my last post. Life with two little ones (both under the age of 3) has been so incredibly busy, especially while trying to integrate other activities, such as reading, working (I’m running my Brains and Bonds program at the moment), sleeping, and even eating! The days just whiz by and there never seems to be enough hours in the day. Somehow, with just a blink of an eye, the hustle and bustle of the morning has already transitioned into my final shut eye for yet another day, and before I know it, a week and then a month or more, has passed. I see how quickly time is passing with the development and progression of my two little ones and I just want to tell time to slow down so I can soak it all in just a little more!

I can’t slow down time, but I can slow down my thinking, which sometimes gets ahead of myself when I feel an urgency to solve all of life’s problems, mysteries, challenges, questions, all at once. The introverted side in me loves sitting in various percolative thoughts and contemplations, but in many instances, my kids are with me, playing around me…and I’m not really with them. I’m in my own head, giving them inattentive responses. Then, usually within a couple minutes (thankfully), I snap out of it with a reminder to myself to live in the present and, as cliche as it sounds, live each day as if it were my last. If today were my last day, would I want to spend it in my head, or with my children? Would I want to spend my last day filled with negative thoughts or a smile on my face? Would I want to spend my last day stressing over the small stuff or savouring the little joys? Would I want to take or give? Furthermore, if someone were to tell me that I only had a day, a week, or a year left, would I regret doing or not doing certain things? These questions are quite useful in getting me back to where I want to be in a given moment. As it stands right now, I feel that a day spent being present with those I love, myself and the earth, expressing gratitude, love and kindness to those around me (through actions and words), and a day doing good, would be a satisfyingly good last day. What about you?

#regret #livingeachdayasifitwereyourlast #mortality #time #presentmoment

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