Seize those precious moments before you find yourself out of time

I just found out that a dear friend I used to work with and still keep in contact has fallen ill, and ultimately may need treatments in order to combat what ails her. It’s during times like these when you realize how those precious moments in life mean so much.

It was a phone call you never expect to get, and certainly never want to hear of someone that you care about. But the reality of life is that few of us are spared the trials and tribulations so often associated with our existence here on this earth. You just wish it didn’t have to happen to people who spend most of their lives giving to others, unconditionally, in one way or another.

I came across this very timely passage by Napoleon Hill recently.

“Do it now! can affect every phase of your life. It can help you do the things you should do but don’t feel like doing. It can keep you from procrastinating when an unpleasant duty faces you. But it can also help you do those things that you want to do. It helps you seize those precious moments that, if lost, may never be retrieved.”

I know in my own life I find myself saying “in the future” I’ll do this or that, as though I have an infinite number of years left to live. But the older I get the more I’m beginning to understand that everything can change in an instant – that there truly is no security in life.

You need to live each day to its fullest, because you just never know what the next page may hold for you. You need to seize all the precious moments before you.

So take a moment to stop all the chaos in your life and ask yourself if there’s something you’ve been putting off that is possible today.

I’m in no way suggesting you drain your bank account to purchase a yacht or something, but if fear or the old adage “in the future” is holding you back from making a change, I suggest you realize that at some point your chances will run out.

My thoughts and prayers go out to my friend and her family, and to anyone battling an illness during this time of year.