What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

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image via Charcoal Alley

The beginning of a new year is always worth a smile.

Time, that amorphous thing that can slip by so sneakily, somehow feels more abundant, laden with endless possibility.

But this is a deception.

We have no grasp over how much time there is to come, and every moment is a gift. It may sound pessimistic, but acknowledging finality actually makes life sweeter. I remember reading some wise words from author Betty Smith, which have never left me:

Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time.

And so it is, that the last fresh strawberry of the season tastes sweeter, the last kiss goodbye lingers more gently, and the last moment of sunset glows most vibrantly.

If tomorrow is your last day on earth, how would you spend your time, right now?

Fear of losing control over events to come is so illogical, but it seems an ingrained part of the human experience. I know I have spent far too much time fussing about with little trivials, or worrying about things that never come to pass. Not only do I feel bad afterwards about having wasted precious time, there is also the heavy coat of guilt and self-blame.

But in the present, there is nothing to fear. We are simply being. Breathing. Pulsating. Living.

Right now is the best time to start anything. And since it is a new year, it only seems fitting to let go, and start afresh.

It’s not about rushing; it’s about appreciation. So let’s treat each moment as a gift.
Don’t just look around you – see and observe everything closely. Listen for the whispers rather than the shouts. Smell the scents in the breeze.

Trust in yourself. Be open to life. And always forgive.

As designer Milton Glaser prompted in his classes:
What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

I wish you all a whole-hearted, courageous start to 2015.

xx

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