Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 79 comments

A Moment Frozen in Time
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“For a long time it seemed to me that real life was about to begin, but there was always some obstacle in the way. Something had to be got through first, some unfinished business; time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.” ~ Bette Howland

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Daphne January 11, 2009 at 4:49 am

Thsi is one of my favourite quotes, Lance. You have a way of finding very true and inspiring sayings. I’ve been thinking what to do with my future, and this will remind me that my future is the sum of how I lived every today.

Daphne´s last blog post..Why You Should Trust Your Instinct


Evelyn Lim January 11, 2009 at 5:22 am

How true. We tie our happiness to the happening of a future event. We forget that we can be happy today, notwithstanding our challenges. We also tend to perceive problems as obstacles and in a negative way, and not realize that they actually present major learning opportunities.

Evelyn Lim´s last blog post..Color Our World


Rupal January 11, 2009 at 5:27 am

I truly believe that the best lesson learned is that which allows you to fully experience and learn from daily life. It is important to see each obstacle as a challenge to grow one’s self. Great Quote & great way to start off the week! Thanks Lance!

Rupal´s last blog post..Run, Run like the wind!


Natalia Burleson January 11, 2009 at 5:56 am

Hi Lance! Oh Boy can I relate to that quote. I cringe over the thought of how much of my life has passed me by because I was busy living in the future or the past. I chose embracing the (weight loss) journey as my blog title because I have finally come to the realization that this is my life and I need to embrace it! My word for the year as you know is thankful and that goes hand in hand with embracing my life. I was leaving the library yesterday and as I was walking to my car I had this warm feeling come over me and I thought to myself “I love my life”. That was a happy, peaceful, living in the moment, moment for me (does that make sense?). It was a great feeling of being thankful and happy for all that I have in my life! It was also a reminder that if I hadn’t been present in my life right then that moment would have slipped by unnoticed by me and how sad would that be?!

Lance I really love that quote!

Natalia Burleson´s last blog post..Friday , yay!


Miz January 11, 2009 at 6:21 am

reading this as I get ready to live life. to spend time with my husband and have a babysitter we really cant ‘afford’ so that he KNOWS how important he is to me.

it makes me sad (the post, not the sitter :)) as I know too too many people who are stuck in the waiting for life place.

and as I watch them watch life pass them by it’s heartbreaking.

Miz´s last blog post..Some Saturday Stuff…


Tom Volkar / Delightful Work January 11, 2009 at 6:35 am

Excellent selection. Stuff always happens and it happens to everyone. This is very inspiring in a slap in the face kind of way. Even if we are focused and aware a good quote like this can turbocharge that awareness. Thanks buddy.

Tom Volkar / Delightful Work´s last blog post..A Guided Meditation for Authentic Expression


kathy January 11, 2009 at 6:41 am

No better time than now to live. Miz is right. It’s so sad to see people waiting to be happy or live their dreams when it’s right there right now.

kathy´s last blog post..Simple Supper Saturday – Spinach and Artichoke Pita Pizza


Lance January 11, 2009 at 7:01 am

@Daphne – Yes, we are the sum of our life’s experiences. We ARE living our lives today. No matter what we tell ourselves, this is our life, right now. I’m glad you liked this Daphne. It really speaks to how we look at our life, doesn’t it.

@Evelyn – …and the future is no guarantee. All we have is “now”. And you bring up a very excellent point, Evelyn – the problems we face in life – they really can be opportunities – it’s all a matter of how we look at them.

@Rupal – “Fully experience” – powerful thought, Rupal. How often, I wonder, do we not fully experience our daily lives? And what is that taking away from us? Thinking about that, and what it means – in the simple, in the mundane even – and how we can still fully experience it all – is powerful. And it’s a realization that life is happening now, in our everyday moments…

@Natalia – Your library “moment” makes so much sense, Natalia. And that’s exactly what this quote is all about – really “being” in the moments of our lives – all of them. It’s too easy to focus on our past, or look to the future. And right in front of us is our present – all we have for sure… Natalia, thank you for sharing this experience – it’s exactly the message we all need to hear…

@Miz – Because it’s about relationships, not about money, not about things. It’s our relationships that matter the most. You will have a great date with the man in your life. And that’s a moment right there – being with each other. And yes, it is sad – seeing people waiting for life – when life is all around them – they just don’t see it.

@Tom – Exactly! Life and it’s “stuff” does happen to everyone. How we choose to see life based upon all this “stuff” happening to us – says a lot about how we view life. I say live it fully!

@Kathy – Your one word just jumps out at me here – “now”. Because “now” is all we have. Who knows what tomorrow will bring. Or next year. Or the next new job. Or a new house. Or…whatever life may throw at us…


rummuser January 11, 2009 at 7:36 am

What a profound statement. It is so effective without any further elaboration. I intend keeping this safe among my other favourite quotes. Thank you.

rummuser´s last blog post..Connections.


Very Evolved January 11, 2009 at 7:57 am

I really like these things that fall into the category of “That should be obvious, but it takes someone else saying it out loud to open my eyes”

We should all have goals and big things we are working for, but if you don’t enjoy the path there, then you have the wrong goal.


Very Evolved´s last blog post..How to generate an emotional response from your audience


Jay January 11, 2009 at 8:11 am

Wow, does that quote smack you right in the noodle! This speaks to me deeply. There is only one perfect time to start living and that is in this moment. If we wait on an illusioned future to start living, we will never start. Thanks Lance.

Jay´s last blog post..The Sunday Ponder


Stacey Shipman January 11, 2009 at 8:27 am

Isn’t it true? We’re always waiting for the right time, or searching for something else. Each and every moment, obstacle, good time is our life. We need to stop spending so much time searching for the right time and just use that energy to enjoy each and every moment we have. Something stirs in me every time I think about, talk about, or write about this topic. I want to scream STOP THE MADNESS…Life is what you have every single day take it for what it is and if you’re not satisfied, choose to act differently. We have the right and the power to choose how we spend our time.

oh, that’s a blog post waiting to happen.


Arswino January 11, 2009 at 8:29 am

I like the quote, Lance.
I think we must be grateful for all obstacles we face, because they make us grower and stronger.

Arswino´s last blog post..Achievement of Goals


Karl Staib - Work Happy Now January 11, 2009 at 8:49 am

Within every great quote there is a piece of ourselves. I’m a big fan of Buddhism and how it talks about life’s daily struggles. They talk about the idea behind this quote a lot. The funny thing is it hasn’t really sunk in until today. I’m going through a change at work. I switched offices. There are times I struggle with my longer commute and extra job duties, but then I realize I’m going through all of it for a reason. To make myself a better work happiness writer.

The only way we can truly help people is if we have gone through similar circumstances. I’m learning so many new techniques that it’s a little scary and when I come out the other side I’m going to be that much better.

Karl Staib – Work Happy Now´s last blog post..Change Messes With Everyone


Mindful Mimi January 11, 2009 at 8:55 am

I love this quote Lance. I lived a long time following goals, trying to get somehwere: getting a good job, moving to another country, finding love etc. I had fun doing it most of the time. But when times were tough I would always say ‘if/when I get there/do that/get this, things will be better/I will be happy/I will succeed’. Now that I am (a little) wiser, I know that it is the journey that matters, not the destination and that it is the now we have and that it’s the only one I have. I still struggle to live that way sometimes – it is so easy to get delayed, distracted, upset by things that haven’t happened yet, etc. But I try to think about it.
Have a great start of the week.

Mindful Mimi´s last blog post..Painting is just another way of keeping a diary – Pablo Picasso


Amanda Linehan January 11, 2009 at 9:32 am

This quote reminds me that obstacles serve a purpose in our lives. They are not there to defeat us but to make us better.

Amanda Linehan´s last blog post..Don’t Fight The Universe; Surrender To Resistance


Henie January 11, 2009 at 9:43 am

Lance, another great ponder…

For me the thought on this has always been…”Don’t wait! The time will never be right.”

Most of us wait until…until all is just so this way and that way…and my thought on this is “That which doesn’t exist has not been sufficiently desired.”

Thank you for the opportunity into you insights:)


Henie January 11, 2009 at 9:45 am

aarrgh, darn typos! “Thank you for the opportunity into YOUR insights:)

Cool tho’ gave me a second chance to post:)

Henie´s last blog post..And now meet my top models…


Evita January 11, 2009 at 9:48 am

Lance , honestly you find some of what can be called the “best” in terms of profound wisdom and thinking quotes out there!

This is another great thought and one that I have learned to see in life over the past few years. How so very true!!!!

We always hear people say things like:
“I’ll be free when I pay this off” OR
“I’ll be happy when I finish school” OR
“I’ll be fulfilled when I have children ETC… ETC…

The truth is life is NOW – it is all it! I have to tell you for me the big “aha” moment came when I read Eckhart Tolle’s book “The Power of Now” and then “A New Earth” – he explains this concept beautifully and in so much detail it is hard not to “get it” or change ones life after that.

P.S. Off topic, but I forgot to tell you something last time, I have to say I am not just impressed but moved by the fact that you take the time to respond to each and every one of your comments! I mean when one gets 10 or 20 comments that is one thing, but to respond to 60 or 80 – WOW! That is something else Lance and a more loving personal touch that comes through clearly through this action than anything else 🙂

Evita´s last blog post..Evolving Beings was Tagged


Blake January 11, 2009 at 9:49 am

Thanks for the quote. I need to remember to enjoy life for what it is and not think that everything will be better when this or that happens. Life is good now. Thanks!

Blake´s last blog post..Detox Diet Miracles? Wrong Again.


Fit Mommy January 11, 2009 at 10:29 am

Very cool. Love the photo and the quote.

Fit Mommy´s last blog post..I have a weird fasination with this fruit…


CG Walters January 11, 2009 at 12:00 pm

…the obstacles were my life, and the waiting for life to start, and the realization. It is as the Tao, spirituality, there is no place outside our perception and experience that IT is not….
Wonderful, Lance. Good Choice!
Blessings to you and yours,

CG Walters´s last blog post..CelebraZine 05Jan09


Bunny got Blog January 11, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Hi Lance,
I love the quote you have shared here. Once again you have wisely picked a winner.

Bunny got Blog´s last blog post..Socialization, Charisma, And The Career Girl


Lance January 11, 2009 at 12:38 pm

@Rummuser – Glad you enjoyed it, Ramana. And I agree, it really is profound…

@Very Evolved – You’re right, this is one of those obvious, yet not so not so obvious things. We “know” that our life is being lived right now. Yet, it’s easy to think, “when x happens, then…”. I think that can be easy for any of us to start thinking like that, so the reminder is always good, so we don’t start to slip into this pattern of thinking…

@Jay – The perfect time to start living IS now – and I guess we all are. Yet, are we “really” living, that’s the question, and I know that’s what you mean. Living the life we desire – there’s no time like right now…

@Stacey Shipman – Yes, so true Stacey! Waiting, thinking things will be different when… Our life IS being lived right now – lived at least in the sense of us being alive physically. The question begs to if we’re alive fully – really alive and living our life in every sense of the word. And this whole idea of our power to choose – I couldn’t agree more. We ALWAYS have CHOICE in our vocabulary – do we use it though? If there’s one thing that can’t be taken away from us, it’s our ability to choose. Stacey, this is an excellent, excellent point. One that is missed way too often… And…now I’m expecting to see you write about this too!

@Arswino – Thanks, Arswino! You’re right, we can look at obstacles either as a negative, or as a potential positive. If we’re really living, then obstacles are a way for us to grow (and that sounds like a positive to me).

@Karl – That’s a great example, Karl – your recent changes at work. You’re living it, and it’s all in how you look at this – and see the silver lining in it all. And another great point, having experiences ourselves really does put us in a place of being of help to others. I wish you well in all of this…

@Mindful Mimi – Thank you, Mimi! Yes, the journey, that’s what matters. We’re all on a journey – and there will be good and bad. And it’s all part of our life. And it’s what we’re living. I’m a litte wiser now too (one of the benefits of aging, although I don’t think it’s a given with aging…). And the whole idea you’ve talked about – the if/when idea – is the trap that we can fall into – thinking “if/when” with our life – when reality is the “if/when” is right now. For all of us.

@Amanda – Yes, obstacles really can be blessings in disguise. Especially with the right attitude…

@Henie – Oh, I love that Henie — “Don’t wait! The time will never be right.”. This is so true. There is always something that won’t be quite right – and we would never accomplish our life’s great desires if we just keep on waiting for that elusive “right time”. And you’re welcome, Henie – I’m just a messenger here, sharing a message that already existed. And it’s in the comments here, that these quotes really come alive, and gain a truer meaning and understanding for all of us.

@Evita – Evita, that you find these quotes to be full of much wisdom, really, that means so much to me – thank you! “NOW” is a great word here to go along with this! “NOW” is all we truly have. I have not read any of Eckhart Tolle’s books – now I’m thinking I need to check some of his work out. And, about replying to comments – thank you, once again! I don’t need to sleep anyway, do I???? Seriously, though, I know on other sites I visit – that’s what draws me back again and again – and I hope to have my visitors coming back too. In fact, you’re a great example Evita – and you are because you always give a completely thoughtful reply, and one that can have just as much impact as the original post. Know that, Evita – the depth to which you reply is really beyond measure – and to me that’s the real “wow”!

@Blake – That’s right, life is good now! Or, it could be bad… Yet, if it’s bad, we have the choice to make it better. To change. To do and to be what we desire… And that is good, the power of choice – so in that case – life really is good now…

@Fit Mommy – Thanks Rachel!

@CG Walters – Thanks so much, CG! And yes, what are we perceiving at any given moment…

@Bunny got Blog – Thank you, Bunny! Glad you enjoyed this one…


Liara Covert January 11, 2009 at 12:56 pm

This quote reminds me a of John Lennon’s quote that tells us that, “Life is what happens when we are making other plans.” People may focus on dreaming or creatng certain experiences and forget that what they are doing right is shaping their life. What is unfolding around them is also part of who they are.

Liara Covert´s last blog post..5 Ways to gain new insight into the real you


sharon January 11, 2009 at 1:10 pm

A profound quote Lance. That is why we should always strive to find happiness in each moment because tomorrow really never comes.A moment spent longing for happiness in future is really a part of our life wasted. Mm great insights!

sharon´s last blog post..Lord Plant My Feet On Higher Ground


AJ Kumar January 11, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Lance, Great quote. It shares the thought that we must indeed begin to realize that we should live life today, not tomorrow or the future to wait for things to become perfect.

AJ Kumar

AJ Kumar´s last blog post..The 6 Phases of Mastery – Do Nothing, Have Everything Occur


HIB January 11, 2009 at 2:37 pm

This is a great quote as I begin preparation for the week. Really cool picture as well, so vivid!

HIB´s last blog post..6 Reasons Why I Joined Toastmasters


LisaNewton January 11, 2009 at 3:07 pm

It’s like waiting to have children until you can afford them. If that were the case, very few people would have children.

Great quote, Lance.

LisaNewton´s last blog post..Californian’s Want Wetlands


Tess The Bold Life January 11, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Wow what a photo! I grew up on a 88 acre produce farm, working in the fields and at the Farmer’s Market. So I grew up knowing what being in tune with nature means. The wagon brings back plenty of memories!


Gennaro @ Enduring Wanderlust January 11, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Beautiful image. Perfect set of colors. As per the quote, it reminds me of another: “we become what we think about.”

Gennaro @ Enduring Wanderlust´s last blog post..Recycled Masterpiece: Chandigarh’s Rock Garden


Jennifer January 11, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Nice one Lance… Oh how easily we can make our life full of obstacles!! It always happens that we finally take a look at it and that is our life. … And THAT is our life???

I wonder what would happen if we turned those obstacles into opportunities that fit into our life’s purpose….

Jennifer´s last blog post..Why Everyone Else is Always Wrong


Kim January 11, 2009 at 3:38 pm

I adore that saying. And it’s so very true.

Kim´s last blog post..Snowman time!


Jannie January 11, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Yes, the NOW shall set you free, for it is all we really have and must enjoy it for what it is.

Jannie´s last blog post..Notes to self


Audra Krell January 11, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Happy Sunday Lance! I spent a lot of years waiting for my life to begin. It was a blessed day when I acknowledged that it began the day I was born and took ownership of all the events that have happened since. Those are my life – my testimony. God’s mercy is new every single day and each day is the new first day of the rest of my life. I haven’t looked back since, but it took a long time for me to “get it.” I hope your quotes here, inspire people so that they don’t wait as long as I did. I’m sure they do. Thank you.

Audra Krell´s last blog post..Fireflies in December


Marelisa January 11, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Hi Lance: I think we have this image in our heads of what life should like, an image where everything is perfect, and everything turns out exactly as we’ve envisioned it. But the reality is that life is messy, people–including ourselves–are filled with faults and sometimes do things that are completely unexpected, and no matter how much we plan and how hard we work, things seldom turn out exactly as we think they should. This isn’t a dress rehearsal, this is life.

Marelisa´s last blog post..The Yin-Yang of Creativity


Stacey / Create a Balance January 11, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Lance, I’d love for you to write a post on how you identify your quotes. They are awesome! Recognizing obstacles are your life is powerful. It is turning those obstacles into opportunities that really let us shine.

Stacey / Create a Balance´s last blog post..Celebrate Your Life (and Oprah’s Best Life Series) Friday! 01.09.09


Tony January 11, 2009 at 6:45 pm

This is definitely very poignant for me this year, living in the USA and waiting for my citizenship to be approved, while my girlfriend is in the UK waiting for a visa to be approved. I only have 10 days vacation a year, she has a lot more, but without a visa she can’t come here, and without time I can’t go there. Our lives are definitely in other people’s hands right now, and it seems like life is on hold. Really frustrating and time is moving along too fast as we both get older…

Tony´s last blog post..How Secure Is Your Job In 2009?


Lance January 11, 2009 at 9:14 pm

@Liara – The John Lennon quote really fits well to this. LIara, that’s it – our life is being shaped continuously as we go through it – even if we don’t recognize it as such.

@Sharon – Ah, yes, longing for happiness – what does that really get us, right, Sharon. We have this very moment, and nothing else. I like this way of looking at it!

@AJ Kumar – Live life today! Yes, that’s it AJ!

@HIB – Glad you enjoyed it! And yes, that picture’s vividness really drew me in to it…

@LisaNewton – Yes, very good point Lisa. Kids…if we waited, there certainly would be no kids.

@Tess – Isn’t that photo incredible! Very cool that you grew up on a farm – so did I! Well, ours was a small cattle farm. Still, though, this does bring back memories for me too!

@Gennaro – Yes, I loved the photo too! And yes, this quote does go along the lines of us becoming what we think about. This reminds me of the book I’m reading right now – “Think and Grow Rich”, by Napoleon Hill. Great book, by the way!

@Jennifer – Thank you, my friend! So well said, Jennifer — that is our life. Good, bad, or somewhere in between – our life is indeed our life. I think you’re onto a key point, too – that if we look at these obstacles as opportunities – and with purpose – whoa – that can be so life-fulfilling…

@Kim – Glad you liked it Kim!

@Jannie – NOW is all we do have – yet, how often that is forgotten…

@Audra – A great Sunday indeed, Audra! Thank you for openly sharing your story here today. It’s one many have lived, and are still living – one of waiting. That you are where you are today, though, Audra, is proof to us being able to change in new and wonderful ways. And…the thanks are to you, today, my friend – for sharing so openly what this quote has really meant ini your life. Thank you!!

@Marelisa – Hi Mare. I don’t know what to say, you’ve just said it so, so well. This is the real thing – our life. It’s not a dress rehearsal, what a powerful example. Mare, thank you for writing this today.

@Stacey/Create A Balance – Well, thank you Stacey! A post…I’ll give that some thought. Really, these are the easiest posts to write, and the hardest posts to write – all in one. I just have to find a quote and a photo, and that seems so easy. And sometimes it is. Other times, especially the more I do this, I really want to find a quote that speaks to me. And this is where it becomes the hardest of posts…. And yes, by turning our obstacles into opportunities, we really can shine – and that shining light is within us all!

@Tony – Wow, a very pointed example of this Tony. Of feeling life as “on hold” – and this one really is difficult – it is because it involves separation from a loved one. Much like I think of military families where spouses become separated for many months at a time – and yet life goes on. For everyone. As difficult as it can all seem. Life does go on. And distance doesn’t have to end love, or put it on hold… I wish you well, that you two are united soon, and your life together is one for living in the moments…just as your days now can be…even separated by such a distance.


chocolatecoveredvegan January 11, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Hey Lance! Thanks for visiting my blog. And that’s a terrific quote– we should definitely remember to live in the moment and not wait around to start our lives!

chocolatecoveredvegan´s last blog post..And so begins Vitamix Week


Davina January 11, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Hi Lance. That photo brings back fond memories of growing up on the farm. Another thought-provoking quote. It makes me think that if we’re always waiting for our life to begin, we’ll never find it, cause it is now. If you’re looking elsewhere you’re gonna miss it.

Davina´s last blog post..Blog + Comment = Win


Jamie January 11, 2009 at 9:48 pm

Ahh yes, leave it to you Lance, to share one of my all time favorite concepts – living for the NOW. I can always count on you on Sundays! Thanks Lance.

Jamie´s last blog post..8 Essential Text Shortcut Websites for Parents


suddenly slimmer January 11, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Always admire your quotes, where did you get them? Always wondering what would be the next Sunday Thought of the Day

suddenly slimmer´s last blog post..Becoming "Alia Balboa" 🙂


LifeMadeGreat | Juliet January 11, 2009 at 10:52 pm

Hi Lance

This quote really hits me – like all of those obstacles I guess.


LifeMadeGreat | Juliet´s last blog post..What Are You Thirsting For?


Henie January 12, 2009 at 12:29 am

“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t
own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep
it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it
you can never get it back.”

I can’t put claim to this quote and I don’t remember whose it is but I thought it apropos to add here.

Lance, I must say that your blogs resonate long after I have read them. Thank you so much for your insights!

Henie´s last blog post..BallDog Without


Barbara Swafford - Blogging Without A Blog January 12, 2009 at 2:32 am

Hi Lance – This is a very powerful quote. Too often we wait for something, someone before we make a change and start living. This is a great reminder that our life is happening now. What we do with it is completely up to us. Hopefully we all make the right choice.

Barbara Swafford – Blogging Without A Blog´s last blog post..When Non-Blogger Friends Don’t Get It


Jenny Mannion January 12, 2009 at 6:07 am

Hi Lance,
You did it again! Another perfect, thought provoking quote. I was very much living in the future and saying things like, “when x happens THEN we can do y”. Like Evita, I found Tolle so important in my understanding how much I was taking away from my “now” and the moment by not simply “being and appreciating WHERE I was at ANY point”.

I like Jennifer’s thoughts on using the obstacles to live our higher purpose. EVERYTHING in our life is useful and can be learned from if we see it that way. It is in the stopping and noticing and in awareness of the now that we can gain the life lessons and resources to move forward with ease.

Thanks again Lance! I save reading your Sunday quotes for Monday morning so I KNOW I will have a wonderful piece of inspiration to begin the week with!


Jenny Mannion´s last blog post..What do you Expect?


Lance January 12, 2009 at 7:08 am

@Chocolatecoveredvegan – Living in the moment, that’s where it’s at! Our life is now…

@Davina – Hi Davina. Yes, I can relate to the photo, too, and days on the farm. And, oh – that’s good – we we’re looking elsewhere for our life to begin – we won’t find it – how true. Because it’s right with us, all the time…

@Jamie – Hey, thanks Jamie! Living in the NOW is so important to really experiencing life, isn’t it.

@Suddenly Slimmer – I search a bunch of different sources for these quotes, Alia. Some online, some offline. And I really work to find something that resonates with me, something that really feels right for a particular moment in time…

@Juliet – Yes, those obstacles can hit you sometimes, can’t they. That’s good, though, if they’re hitting you, and you’re seeing it as such – as your life. It’s all about living…

@Henie – Hi Henie. Thanks for sharing that quote here – it does fit so well. Our time – we have it, and once it’s gone, it’s gone. There is no going back, no get last hour, last week, or last year back. It’s done. Forever. This moment, right now, that’s what we have. Thank you, Henie, for keeping the conversation going, for making me think about this at a deeper level.

@Barbara – Waiting…but for what, right? NOW is all we truly have. Hopefully we make the right choices, yes. And if we don’t, then we don’t – it’s still our life being lived out. And we can look for the good amongst the bad. We can learn and move forward. Knowing that NOW is all we are guaranteed.

@Jenny Mannion – Thanks! And thank you for sharing your past experience. That’s such a great way for all of us to learn – by honest stories like this. You’ve seen both sides, very clearly, and I can tell you know them well. I wonder if that makes living in the NOW more of a priority? If it’s all more clear? See, I think it is – you know really, deeply how important this moment, right now, is. I believe you do Jenny. Your words, not only here, but in your writing, tell me you know this deeply. The idea of obstacles, and how we can look at these as useful in living out our higher purpose – yes, Jennifer really hit upon something here. It’s all part of our life we’re living, and that’s important to remember.


Jewel/Pink Ink January 12, 2009 at 7:25 am

There’s nothing worse than letting life slip by because you were waiting for something better.

I’ve had to learn this the hard way.

Jewel/Pink Ink´s last blog post..A Horror Kind of Gal


Bri January 12, 2009 at 8:00 am

I know that feeling! I was just thinking last night about the journey that I’m on towards my writing career and our family goals . . . and sometimes I just wish I could be THERE already. The everyday can really wear me out and some days the gains seem so small. But, I see us as being responsible for our visions and dreams, meaning that something higher has placed them there and we have an obligation to at least try.

I really enjoy your posts, Lance.

Bri´s last blog post..Book Review: Skinny Bitch


Mark January 12, 2009 at 9:08 am

Great quote! I love the realization that life is all that is it and not something that will happen ‘some day”.

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Henie January 12, 2009 at 10:26 am

Hi Lance…

Here’s a very short poem I wrote awhile back regarding time…

Sitting on the edge
of a moment

I glimpsed a second
passing by

It winked as it caught
my eye…

Can’t remember the rest now:)

“Don’t steal someone else’s thunder…be your own lightning!”

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Dot January 12, 2009 at 10:34 am

“At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.” This is unfortunately true for me. The pain and lack of energy I live with has become my life. I have to take them into account in everything I plan to do. At first I waited for them to end, but it’s not likely that they’re going to. So I have to live with them. Not exactly what your post intended, but everything has its good and bad side.

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Sagan January 12, 2009 at 11:13 am

Wow thought provoking. Potential to be frightening! Living in the moment is essential.

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Annette January 12, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Awesome quote! Our happiness is within! Love the pic too!

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Broderick Allen January 12, 2009 at 2:06 pm

I like the way she put that. I can tell you put a lot of thought in your pictures as well.

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Mindful Mimi January 12, 2009 at 3:03 pm

This one’s for you Lance:

You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.

— Arthur Polotnik


Caroline January 12, 2009 at 3:25 pm

True. True. True.

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Lance January 12, 2009 at 4:33 pm

@Jewel – Waiting for something better, and letting our lives slip by. I wonder if we’ve all done a little bit of this Jewel? And, what matters right now, anyway, is how you look at life today…

@Bri – …being “there” – that’s a great point – even when things are going good, if they’re going slower than we’d like – it becomes easy to fantasize about the future, wishing to be there. And too easy to forget about the now, the moments that are making up today. It’s all part of that journey we’re on… Keep at it, Bri…take in the moments…and you’ll be where you want to be before you know it.

@Mark/ToBeMe – Yes! It’s all that it is – today – at this very moment!

@Henie – Well, that’s good – what you shared of this poem, Henie! It reminds me that our moments can be fleeting – here and then gone. And that we should focus on really experiencing these moments – because otherwise, in a wink…they’ll be gone. Thanks for sharing this here!

@Dot – Well, maybe that wasn’t the intended purpose of this post. And yet, maybe it was. Maybe we have pains, lack of energy, etc. And the positive I’m taking out of your comment is that you are accepting these and moving on. Waiting is not making them go away. So, I see this as you are doing the right thing, you are “living”. Today, in this moment. And that’s worth celebrating…

@Sagan – Here’s to living in the moment. What else do we really have?

@Annette – Yes, the importance of what’s within. We all have within us, goodness and life. No matter what is happening on the outside, we CAN let the inside be a positive force of living, truly living! Annette, thank you for that – for reminding me that this comes from the inside…

@Broderick – It is said well, yes. And the photo, while not mine, is one I did spend much time on before choosing this one. I really try to find a picture that I feel is a good reflection of the quote/story being told.

@Mindful Mimi – Thank you, Mimi! This is wonderful, and I really appreciate it so much! It speaks to me of the community and conversation going on here, and how we all can learn so much from each other!

@Caroline – Yes. Yes. Yes!


Carla January 12, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Great quote and I just couldn’t take my eyes off that picture. It looks like a postcard! Beautiful.

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Robin January 12, 2009 at 8:29 pm

ha ha I experienced much the same thing. Things are better these days. Cheers Lance!

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Giovanna Garcia January 12, 2009 at 10:12 pm

I believe all of us have the choice to choose to hitch up our wagon and move on or we can choose to parked our wagon and move on without it. Then point is we got to move!
Thank You,
Giovanna Garcia

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Lance January 13, 2009 at 6:45 am

@Carla – The picture is really incredible isn’t it – so vivid! Glad you enjoyed the quote, as well…

@Robin – …and that’s what counts. Where you are today, Robin. The past is past. NOW is the time!

@Giovanna – Great point. Sometimes that means we drop the excess baggage that is holding us back, so we’re free to move on… I like that Giovanna!


Henie January 13, 2009 at 12:01 pm

What was it I said about time and doing it now? Why can’t I seem to apply this to work today? 🙂

Happy Doing Everybody!

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Glad January 13, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Great quote. I felt the same way for a very long time. I don’t know when I realized that we only have this moment — the one right NOW. And we live our lives moment to moment.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and writing such kind words.

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SpaceAgeSage -- Lori January 13, 2009 at 3:07 pm

These obstacles tend to task me, too. I have to remind myself that the doing and completion of things can be meaningful, but like a river rushing past a boulder, sometimes I just have to flow around and beyond limitations instead of beat my head against them.

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Mark January 13, 2009 at 3:16 pm

I love that quote! Thanks for sharing!


Laurie January 13, 2009 at 8:03 pm

I remember my grandmother telling my sister who was surprisingly pregnant, “there is no good time to have a baby. You just have one.” I think the same thing is true about life. There are always that get in the way to doing what we really want to do. I have always wanted to start my own business and now I have done it. I love it! I am creating a list of all the things I want to do and am working to check them all off. Some of these things I always thought, “Oh that is what other people do, and not regular folk like me.” Then I decided that was crap. Why can’t I do these things? One of the things I want to do is learn to fly an ultra light plane. That is the thing I am saving for next. I think it was totally rock!


Jennifer January 13, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Laurie, living is for you. It’s for me. It’s for everyone. So glad that you figured that out. That’s so awesome that you are working on your list. My husband would love to participate in your next event. I’m curious… What kind of business do you have?

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Cricket January 13, 2009 at 9:37 pm

Oh Lance. “I am” is the moment in which I am trying to live right now. I am letting go of “I want” and giving it a try. I use to tell myself this long ago. Just the other day I had a boot-camp experience that reminded me of this.

Obstacles are our life. How boring life would be if we didn’t have them.

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miruspeg January 13, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Another wonderful Sunday thought Lance and I love the photo, so vivid and rich.
I also am empowered by this quote below:

“The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge” – Bertrand Russell.


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Lance January 14, 2009 at 3:58 am

@Henie – We have days like that, don’t we! Days where out motivation sags, or that we’re not energized. And sometimes, that means just resting. And sometimes it means pumping ourselves up. So, here is to “doing” Henie – whatever that is – rest, some project, whatever.. Thanks for stopping back in!

@Glad – Sometimes a moment like that is a big “ah-ha” moment. And other times, it’s more of a gradual thing over time. And in the end, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you have found that place – where the NOW is it. Where the moments we have are really what make up the life we are living…

@SpaceAgeSage — Lori – I love the metaphor of comparing this to a river rushing past a boulder. How important to remember that we have limitations, that we can’t do everything. And in some things it is best to “flow” past them instead of taking on something that is only going to beat us up. Recognizing what matters, that what I take from this example – what’s important is worth hitting those boulders. Other things, it is better to just flow beyond them.

@Mark/MarkSalinas – Thanks for stoppin by!

@Laurie – Our life…yes, we do just have one. Whether we like it or not (and I say we might as well like it – it’s our only shot we’ve got here…). I love the way you’re embracing your business Laurie, and I know it’s an exciting time for you right now. I really do see this as embracing life, and living it the way you desire to. And the whole idea fo doing those things that really excite us – like flying that ultralight – very cool Laurie – and very cool for saying it publicly here!

@Jennifer – The ultralight — sign me up too! Living, really living – that’s so important to really loving the life we have, isn’t it Jennifer! Thanks for coming back and adding to the conversation…

@Cricket – Hi Tammy! And yes, obstacles really are what are the spices we add to our life! “I am” — I like that! It speaks to what you truly are – at this moment. Have fun(?) in your boot camp experience!

@Miruspeg – Hi Peggy! That quote is a wonderful complement to this post! …inspired by love and guided by knowledge… that is a life well-lived!


Laurie January 14, 2009 at 10:18 am

@Jennifer- I linked my name to my business site. Take a look and let me know what you think. I am a teacher turned entrepreneur. I am a creative person who needed an out from the public schools and God came through by sharing this great idea with me and giving me the courage to make it happen. I am so blessed!


Robin Easton January 14, 2009 at 11:22 am

So true, and a most powerful quote. It all goes back to living in the moment AND enjoying, savoring, being aware of and loving the moment. Thank you for seeing this my dear friend. Just lovely.

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Lance January 14, 2009 at 10:13 pm

@Laurie – You are blessed, and doing great things with your business, Laurie.

@Robin Easton – Thank you, Robin. Living in the moment – what else do we really have?


Kelly@SHE-POWER January 15, 2009 at 3:33 pm

I have never read this quote before, but what a powerful message for me. Rationally I have been aware for awhile that all the little steps in life or in pursuit of my goals do make up my actual life. There is no end result with a sign saying “This is your life”, well no until I get really famous anyway. But emotionally I still do look at what is between me and my desires as something to knock out of the way or accomplish, rather than another part of life to enjoy.

I think we can all live better if we keep this quote in mind. Thanks.

Kelly 🙂


Henie January 16, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Hi Lance…

Just wanted to add a quote here:

“It is always the right time to do what is right.”
~Martin Luther King~

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Jenny January 19, 2009 at 9:07 pm

How true. It gives you something to contemplate, that’s for sure!

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Henie February 4, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Just popping in for another smile! 🙂

“Be indescribable! Wear a glowing smile!” ~Henie~

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