Living in the present…

Screen Shot 2020-01-29 at 8.34.07 AMSome lessons are hard to learn and often harder yet to put into practice. Tragic events over the past several months have put things into perspective. The ill-fated Ethiopian 737 Max 8 crash, the missile downed Iranian flight, and this past Sunday a helicopter carrying a beloved athlete, his daughter and seven others crashed into a hillside in California.  All these innocent victims lost…

Although I did not go to the memorial for the 30 people killed in the Iranian crash, who lived in Edmonton, I did listen (online) to the heartbreaking eulogies given by Prime Minister Trudeau and the mayor of our city.  Many of these victims were part of the University of Alberta with bright and promising futures.  In the Kobe Bryant tragedy this past weekend, the world mourns a sports hero, but also on board were 3 children robbed of a lifetime of experiences, adventures, and memories, as well as, 5 other equally amazing people with families and friends who will miss them daily.

I’m not a nervous or superstitious flier but last Monday, (with the helicopter crash very fresh in my mind), I found myself on an airplane, sitting longer than usual on the tarmac, feeling slightly uneasy.  I was able to catch an earlier flight than planned but it meant flying stand by, rushing through security and to the boarding gate. For a split second, I wondered if I was doing the right thing.  It seemed all too hurried and rushed and it gave me pause to think…

Was I making the most of my time here?  I realize that although I don’t dwell too much on the past, I am not always in the present either.  While I was running my store, I was forever making plans for months down the road…ordering Christmas inventory in January, fall/winter in April and spring/summer in October. And if I’m truthful, I’d admit to spending quality time on most days thinking about (or worrying about) what’s next in my personal life too.

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The reality is that our time on earth is a mere blip on the scale.  It’s up to us to live it to the fullest every day with no regrets and spend time with those we hold dear.

Wishing you one of those perfect days…

xox Judy 

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