Are you making the most out of your life?
Do you remember being a kid and hearing adults say things like, “Life is short. It goes by so fast”? I thought that was crazy, because my next birthday always seemed sooooo far away. Right?
But the older I get, the more I realize they were right.
Children who were toddlers the last time we saw them are suddenly full grown.
Neighborhoods we remember as quaint are now overrun with development.
People we loved are gone.
I’m grateful for this more mature outlook I have now. It’s made me even more determined to be sure I’m putting the most I can into my short time on this earth.
Death is a part of life, and even if we fear it, we can get some value from its certainty. It can inspire us to love ourselves and others, to live by our values, and to leave things a little better than we found them. That includes staying as strong and healthy as we can.
I love a poem by Mary Oliver called “The Summer Day.” Her last lines sum it up so beautifully.
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?
Are you making the most of your one shot at this life?
What’s one thing you can do today to accelerate your happiness, fulfillment, or abundance? I’d love if you’d reply and let me know.
As I watch my mother slowly dying and letting go of her life, learning to accept this inevitability peacefully and daily, I am reminded of all the things I still desire to feel, see and do and the driving motivation is bigger than ever.
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Erinne Guthrie is a USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach since 1999 and Chief Motivating Officer at Full Circle Coaching, LLC since 2010. Creator of Triathlon Transformation. She has been training, racing and coaching triathletes since 1997. She is also a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 3, USMS Master’s Swim Coach, Motivational Speaker, Metabolic Efficiency Specialist, Mom, Mermaid and much much more.
Erinne this may be your best blog yet! You know I love all your blogs. This topic is paramount in my life. I can remember as a child ten years old lying in the tall cool green grass in long island at the farm across the street from my house and looking up at the blue sky wondering what I would be doing when I was 30 or 40 years old. Now I am 65! wow. So who decides what is the best way to spend your life? Being healthy and strong is a great thing and such a blessing. Even so it too is temporal. You know I believe that honoring God with your life is the best way to spend our brief time on this planet. Jesus summed it up in the sermon on the mount Matt ch 5-7. I have found that the only truly fulfilling life. Of course no one is able to honor God perfectly, Every day is a new day to prepare us for the life that awaits us, a new opportunity to better realize the peace that passes understanding . So I pray for God to lead me in this life so that when I have run my race and finished He will say well done. Merry Christmas
So happy this resonated with you . Congratulations on all your h triathlon and health achievements. Merry Xmas!