A finite amount of time.
So count down to a new year.
In less then 48 hours we will begin 2012.
I'd like you to try an incredibly provoking and powerful exercise.
Imagine that you only have this coming year to live.
What would you do different?
How would you spend your time?
What would you do?
What would be important to you?
What things would not matter?
Would you change your job?
Who would you call or see more of?
Anyone that you would avoid?
I would start by telling them just how important they have been to you.
What about the ones who annoy you?
Are there any people you hold grudges against, anyone you have
an ongoing feud with?
Why would you want to take any of their negative energy with you?
Now’s the time to make things right. Begin by writing down your feelings.
Be fair, be sensible and be honest.
It's time to clear our karmic debt.
Anyone you could help?
Who could benefit from more of your time, your energy, your money?
There is no time for regrets, right?
Is there anything you regret not having done?
Anything you'd rather be doing?
What is that one thing you always wanted to do?
Why not think about doing it now?
We've all made mistakes, are there any you could right?
If not, then let them go, as they say let go and let God.
This exercise is meant to focus your mind on living.
You see, there is nothing as serious as dying.
What would you do if you had only a week to live?
What about just one day to live?
An hour to live?
Why not live every day as if it were your last?
Write down your thoughts and then follow through.
Use this time to create life, to live more consciously.
It's time to really enjoy every moment.
It's not too late to quit living with regret.
I’m not suggesting we all go out on a giant shopping spree,
or not show up to the office tomorrow or ditch someone.
What we need to do is to try and think about what is really important.
Once we quit imagining that we have limitless time, we begin to care more.
We begin to do the things that matter - more often.
My Viejita kept talking about what she would do when she "had extra time,
or "extra money."
Sadly she left a few perfectly new and wrapped dresses in her closet,
and a cub board with some fine china - a gift too precious for ordinary use.
How I wish she had worn those dresses, or used that fine china.
I know she would have looked beautiful in them, as she ate my favorite
albondiga soup in her fine china.
Make it a "now" día!