The First or Last Time

Yesterday was such a beautiful spring day that I changed my plans and went for a twenty-minute walk in Uptown Minneapolis. As I was soaking in the experience, it occurred to me that some day I would no longer be able to perform the simple act of walking down a sidewalk on a lovely spring day. When that day comes, whether it is forty-two years from now or the day after tomorrow, I would give everything I own to be able to do what I’m doing at this very moment.

That realization heightened my enjoyment and appreciation of my walk, of my life, and of the present moment. It calmed and centered me, and reminded me that all we ever have is the here and now; and that the more we learn to appreciate whatever is in front of us, the happier and more fulfilled we will be.

This wonderful quote says it all:

Look at everything as though you are seeing it for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
Betty Smith


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4 Responses to “The First or Last Time”

  1. Suza Says:

    Beautiful reminder on this beautiful spring day. Thank you!

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    You’re quite welcome, Suza!

  3. ArrVee Says:

    that’s an interestingly profound quotation, to view things either for the first or last time – initially each view seemingly contrasts against the other, but in the end, each elicits the same basic responses of wonder and thankfulness.

    this seems to suggest that we should view things in a time-less manner, which is the essence of your other post:

    and like Suza said, thanks for this reminder to always look out for and soak in the beauty around us.

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I completely agree, ArrVee. Perpetual gratitude and wonder is a nice place to live. And when you are fully present, you are indeed living timelessly.

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