Within life’s grey pastures are the elements of life, of surviving. Where things don’t look as pretty and life gets mighty damn hard. In my 59+ years I thought I’d wasted a lot of time. But in reality it was simply spent in dutiful repetition. Living a routine meant to sustain us and keep us going.
We often speak of “living in the moment”, but that doesn’t necessarily mean excitement and accessibility. It can mean focus on the task at hand, the mundane and the common. Too often we look at our lives as wasted moments or missed opportunities. But continuing to believe that only cheapens the graceful periods you’ve actually received.
As I approach my 6th decade I’m just learning to appreciate moments of sweet serendipity. When happenstance and routine bring about some of life’s greatest gifts. So my advice too you is, spend less time worrying about pursuit of the “brass ring” and more time appreciating the quieter moments life gives.
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