Take Nothing For Granted

My daily reminder to make the most of life

This post might will show what a strange duck I am. This little zentangle is posted on my bedroom mirror and every time I see it, I am reminded of my own mortality and of the fact that I need to make the most of the time I have here because I never know what day might be my last.

I have learned that everything in life is fleeting. Beautiful flowers in the spring and summer wilt and die. Beloved pets cross the rainbow bridge. People we love die or disappear from our lives.

As dreary and depressing as this seems, the lesson I glean from it is to make the most of the happy moments we are given. We should enjoy and appreciate the people in our lives while they are with us. As Elpheba sings in “As Long As You’re Mine” from Wicked (one of my all time favorite musicals), “And if it turns out, it’s over too fast, I’ll make every last moment last”.

I do tend to overanalyze sometimes and to worry about the future. What if this happens? What if that happens? I am trying to be better at living in the moment and enjoying the happy times and not wondering what will happen tomorrow. To paraphrase the brilliant author, worrying about tomorrow’s sorrow only robs today of its joy. Here’s the actual quote:

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.

Leo Buscaglia
Another zentangle I see every day that reminds me to make the most of every opportunity

Life is too short to worry about anything. You had better enjoy it because the next day promises nothing.

Eric Davis

When the difficult and sad times do arrive, I think it helps to have memories of happier times to help us remember that life is a balance of good and bad. I believe that one day, when I breathe my last , I will be reunited with all my friends and family members who have gone before. Those people live on in the memories they made, and I, too, hope to someday live on through happy memories I make with all those I love and care about. So, to sum it up, make the most of every day and take nothing for granted.

About Beth W.

I try to look for the positive in the people and situations I come in contact with! I believe in the power of positive thinking and I believe that even challenging circumstances can be learning experiences if we have a positive mindset! I'm having fun blogging at: http://picturingpositive.com
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9 Responses to Take Nothing For Granted

  1. Paul Noël says:

    In these troubled times that’s a very nice post.

    • Beth W. says:

      Thank you so much, Paul😊 Definitely all the things going on in the world make us grateful for what we have. ❤ Thank you for taking the time to comment. 😊

  2. Lenora says:

    You are so gifted in putting your thoughts together & into words to share. I agree, but I couldn’t have said it well as you have.
    I love taking photos to capture the beauty as well as freeze in time the wonder of the moment(s) ☺️ Thank you 😍

    • Beth W. says:

      Thank you so much, Nora ❤ Your pictures are incredible and I love seeing them and agree that the memories attached to those moments comes right back with them. ❤🥰❤ Thank you, as always, for your support❤

  3. I too often find myself, thinking about how sad it is that everything and everyone dies and that the good times can’t last forever. Like you say ‘Make the most of every day and take nothing for granted.’ it’s a good way to be, I’m also trying to just live in the moment and not concern myself with what the future holds.

    • Beth W. says:

      For sure!! 😊 It is easy to get bogged down with worrying, but so much nicer to do as you say and make the very most of the present moment. 😊 Thank you so much for taking the time to comment!

  4. janieleeds says:

    Beautiful post Beth – I agree with you that we don’t know when our last day will be so we need to make the most of today (and everyday) we have. Great quotes and artwork too! 🙂

    • Beth W. says:

      Thank you so much, Janie ❤ I think recent world events make me so much more aware of how blessed we are and how little good it does to worry about what might happen tomorrow. I was trying to declutter my closet the other day and thinking how trivial it is that I have problems letting go of a few items of clothing when some of these poor sould in the Ukraine are leaving everything behind. In light of that, I am incredibly grateful. 🙂

      • janieleeds says:

        I agree with you Beth. Much of our worries seem like nothing when in comparison to real world difficulties. Good for you for cleaning out your closet…I need to do that too! 🙂

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