In a short, one-minute, film, Elvis de Leon gave me a new perspective on the way I look at every day of my life. He asks the viewer to imagine that every day you wake-up with $84,600.00 in your bank account. This is not something you need to hold on to and save, but rather something that needs to be spent wisely for at the end of the day, the remaining balance will disappear forever. Now there is no reason to worry, because the next morning you will wake-up to another $84,600.00 in your account again.
Each and every day of our life, we all receive approximately 84600 glorious seconds. How do you spend those moments? Do you use them purposefully to make the world a better place? Do you share them graciously with others? Or do you squander and waste them with mindless activities? You can choose. You always have a choice, but it is important to remember that the choices we make today will determine the person we become tomorrow. I suggest we make every second count!
Spring, the time of rebirth, is right around the corner, or already blooming in some places. Many people can feel themselves bursting at the seams—much like nature is doing right now. Use this natural cycle of rebirth and the awareness that you have 84,600 glorious moments today to make a difference in the world, to help you make a difference. Don’t spend your moments foolishly or come to the end of your day with a pocketful of unused minutes because they won’t be rolled over into your next day.
Instead, run, jump, leap and sprint into each moment with childlike glee full of the awareness that you have the power to make a difference. Your actions in the moment may seem small, but change usually happens one tiny pebble at a time. Even the “big” amazing changes are actually the accumulation of big piles of those tiny pebbles. It is the commitment to stay focused on how you use your moments that facilitates big changes over time.
Imagine that outside your front door there is a pile of 365 pebbles on one side of the sidewalk. Now imagine that every morning as you step out of your door, you pick up one pebble and place it on the other side of the sidewalk. This seems like an incredibly small and simple task, but over time the pile on the right diminishes and the pile on the left becomes bigger.
So as you step into each day let the pebble that you move from one side of the sidewalk to the other be a marker for your day. Also let it remind you that you have 84,600 wonderful moments to spend that day. Then actively choose to use all of those glorious seconds wisely and purposefully. If you do this every day, then over time one “pile of rocks” will become smaller and the other larger, and you will also begin to see significant changes in your life.
Nancy Marie is leading a three-hour interactive workshop at the Wesak Celebration in Mount Shasta, CA. This is the first year that Wesak (The Celebration of the Birthday of Buddha) has offered an in-depth interactive workshop. This is also the first time that Nancy has taught both The Beckoning Song of your Soul techniques and the I Create What I Believe! art activities in the same workshop. Participants are in for a real treat!
Title: Restoring Balance and Rekindling Inner Wisdom
Date: Saturday May 2, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Mount Shasta, CA
For more information or to register for this event: http://wesak.us/index.php?ref=NancyMarie