Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 65 comments

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“Because how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” ~ Annie Dillard

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Michelle September 6, 2009 at 2:54 am

Amen.

~M
.-= Michelle´s Last Fabulous Post ..Live.Life.Fully =-.

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Lisis September 6, 2009 at 3:37 am

This is the very reason Jeff quit his unfulfilling job… staying there 8+ hours each day essentially meant THAT was his life, and he did not like what he saw. Life is too short to waste most of it wishing our life were different than it is.

Wonderful quote… concise and to the point!
.-= Lisis´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Twelve: An Awesome Novel, If You Ask Me =-.

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Hermann Shinglemeister September 6, 2009 at 3:46 am

Yep! And I’m sure my blog boss, Jannie can vouch for that. You should see how she spends her days — eating donuts, hugging her family and flitting about the blogosphere. I can see her doing that until she’s 102.
.-= Hermann Shinglemeister´s Last Fabulous Post ..Viral Mirth =-.

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suddenly slimmer September 6, 2009 at 3:49 am

I’m not good with words but the quote above is well said.
.-= suddenly slimmer´s Last Fabulous Post ..Hip Hopping ‘Till Your Problems Away! =-.

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Dr. Rus September 6, 2009 at 4:36 am

Great image Lance! It’s a new day with new adventure and a new canvas waiting for us to fill in the spaces.

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Zeenat{Positive Provocations} September 6, 2009 at 4:47 am

Hi Lance,
Such a wonderful Quote. PErfect!
When i read this quote, i immediately remembered what my grandpa used to tell me on my birthdays…every year…”what you do today you will do all your life. So be sure to get up early, pray and say i love you to everybody. Then all the good habits and love will be with you all year round, and all your life.”
Now how perfect is that>>>At first i used to do all that just to make him happy and then when i grew up a little and started understanding…i did it for myself. Thankfully….it helps me till today…and Makes the quote you shared even more special to me.
Thank you for such a beautiful quote at the start my Sunday:)
.-= Zeenat{Positive Provocations}´s Last Fabulous Post ..What Each Must Seek{Inspirational Quote Of The Week} =-.

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Barbara Swafford September 6, 2009 at 4:50 am

Hi Lance,

I landed on this post and thought the page didn’t finish loading as the “image” was missing. But, then I read the quote and realized we make our own life images, one day at at time. Just like yesterday, today I’m painting mine with vibrant colors. 🙂
.-= Barbara Swafford´s Last Fabulous Post ..Readers vs Bots – Making Everyone Happy =-.

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JenX September 6, 2009 at 5:06 am

profound, lance. i love this. i had to click on the photo and go to flickr b/f realizing you intended the frame to be empty. Duh. =/ Moving thoughts for this sunday morning.
.-= JenX´s Last Fabulous Post ..poems, prayers and promises and things that we believe in =-.

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Miz September 6, 2009 at 5:13 am

I adore this.
we are, indeed, what we repeatedly do.
.-= Miz´s Last Fabulous Post ..First Person Friday: **drumroll please** =-.

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Miguel de Luis Espinosa September 6, 2009 at 6:05 am

How very true, we tend to think our Life, our acomplishments are greater than our daily life. It is not; it’s not the medal and the short glory, but the training what it’s worth

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Yum Yucky September 6, 2009 at 6:13 am

Aha! I had to click on that image to make sure I was seeing what I was seeing. I’m getting better with how I spend my days – forget the nonsense and grumbling about what I don’t have or what I have to get – today I am enjoying what I DO have, and it’s priceless: family, friends, good health, and my faith make for many many smiles to be had today….and that makes for a very good life!

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Ian | Quantum Learning September 6, 2009 at 7:26 am

I love the quote.

And being with that quote I focussed on the word ‘spend’. And wondering if I ‘spend’ my days as carefully (or sometimes carelessly!) as I spend money. And also wondering what each day spent brings to me? I’m not always as conscious of these two things as I’d like to be.

Thanks for the moment of pause for thought!
.-= Ian | Quantum Learning´s Last Fabulous Post ..6 Ways to cultivate confidence =-.

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Tess The Bold Life September 6, 2009 at 7:28 am

Fill my photo with happiness and fun!

I know you’re camping this weekend with your family. Your life will always be fulfilling because you such a great guy and family man.

Zeenat, What a wonderful grandfather you had.

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Karl Staib - Work Happy Now September 6, 2009 at 8:12 am

Are we trying to help others or just helping ourselves? Because if we are just helping ourselves then we are living a life of small dreams. When we live a live a life of helping others we become greater we are spending our time creating a better place. It’s this work that will bring joy to our lives.

It’s not easy to let go of the ego. I know I still have trouble with it. But the more time I spend on other people the happier I become.
.-= Karl Staib – Work Happy Now´s Last Fabulous Post ..How to Write a Career List =-.

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Stephen - Rat Race Trap September 6, 2009 at 9:05 am

And how we spend our minutes is how we spend our days.
.-= Stephen – Rat Race Trap´s Last Fabulous Post ..When Wonder Replaces Hope =-.

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suzen September 6, 2009 at 9:20 am

I thank God every morning he has given me a fresh canvas! And the tools!!! Brushes, palette knives, pencils, and paints – the colors in tubes and the unlimited combinations of colors I can make by mixing! I have whatever I need and it is up to me to do it, to use the tools and create a day. We create art – a masterpiece – every day of our lives. Thank you so much for reminding of the potential I wake up to each morning!
.-= suzen´s Last Fabulous Post ..Blessings In Fur =-.

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Tim Enalls | Inspiration Central September 6, 2009 at 9:46 am

Superb message, Lance.

The only way to enjoy our lives in the future is the live in the moment right now. Waiting for something positive to happen is unrealistic if we aren’t enjoying our lives in the present. It’s how much we enjoy our lives right now that will determine how we feel tomorrow.
.-= Tim Enalls | Inspiration Central´s Last Fabulous Post ..Earl Nightingale’s “The Strangest Secret”—30 Best Quotes and Video =-.

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Colleen September 6, 2009 at 9:58 am

“Because how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” Exactly. Also, we become what we spend time thinking about.
.-= Colleen´s Last Fabulous Post ..Habitat for Humanity Harvest For Hope Tri Cities Washington =-.

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SpinDiva September 6, 2009 at 10:44 am

I don’t even know how to respond to this except to say… YES!! and everyone here knows this all too well. So we choose to spend our days in a better place to great things or doing nothing and just being with each other.

@Colleen – I agree with your added thought “we become what we spend time thinking about.” So make each day a brand new day to think positive, be thankful, and live life to its fullest.

Lance, thanks again. As always, a great place to visit on Sunday morning.
.-= SpinDiva´s Last Fabulous Post ..School is now in session =-.

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Hilda September 6, 2009 at 10:49 am

Perfect! I too quit my job earlier this year for just that reason, and have spent my days since then working towards something that feels more fulfilling to me. And so far, no regrets 🙂
.-= Hilda´s Last Fabulous Post ..Meditation: the benefits to the subtle body =-.

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Nadia - Happy Lotus September 6, 2009 at 11:10 am

Hi Lance,

Great quote and I think it is also important to state that who we spend our time with has an impact on us too. So it all ties in together. Don’t you love how that happens? Hope all is awesome! 🙂
.-= Nadia – Happy Lotus´s Last Fabulous Post ..Sunday Song for September 6, 2009 =-.

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Tabitha September 6, 2009 at 11:10 am

Lance, this makes me think of my fav quote of all times.
““Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

I start my day with this quote and in doing so I stay mindful of how I should truly live each day. I wish you a love filled weekend. (:
.-= Tabitha´s Last Fabulous Post ..Sunday Citar 9/6 =-.

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Nannyboo September 6, 2009 at 11:12 am

Lance–
So few words, but says so much.
Great Quote

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Marelisa September 6, 2009 at 12:44 pm

If we take care of the days, the weeks, months, and years take care of themselves.
.-= Marelisa´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Future Belongs to Those Who are Intrinsically Motivated =-.

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Jennifer September 6, 2009 at 1:09 pm

And yet we forget that. Hindsight is 20/20. It’s easy to look back and see that, but unless we consciously live each day to make our lives beautiful our days and lives are not typically that way. It takes conscious effort. Great quote to make us think.

Thank you Lance for making your days and thus your life beautiful for us to see.
.-= Jennifer´s Last Fabulous Post ..What Do You See? =-.

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Diane, Fit to the Finish September 6, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Thanks so much Lance for this quote, and the “fill in the blank” picture. Because really that’s what it is. We can make our lives full of beauty, or we can spend our lives worrying about the past or failing to look forward to the future.
.-= Diane, Fit to the Finish´s Last Fabulous Post ..What a Week! =-.

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Sami - Life, Laughs & Lemmings September 6, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Too true. I find it interesting that many people will stay in a job they find unfulfilling or dislike intensely. That’s a lot of precious time lost. I get the whole “have to pay the mortgage” thing but in my opinion, that’s not a good enough excuse to waste your life. There are other ways/jobs/opportunities that allow you to bring in cash. Great quote Lance. Thanks!
.-= Sami – Life, Laughs & Lemmings´s Last Fabulous Post ..Friday Question – Life’s Burdens =-.

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Caity September 6, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Wonderful thought. 🙂
I was actually thinking something very similar yesterday when I was getting myself into a funk and not doing anything productive. I ended up going out and getting some things done instead of sitting home sulking. I don’t want to spend my life sitting around feeling sorry for myself.
.-= Caity´s Last Fabulous Post ..Two months as a vegan. =-.

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Lori September 6, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Whoa, this is deep, Lance.
How could 13 words make me pause for hours (and take a walk) before I could even really digest it?
These words make me want to spend more time really digesting how I choose to spend my time.
How is it that you always get me to go a layer deeper then I knew existed?
It is a treat to know you, Lance. You have shone light into my day today. Thank you!
.-= Lori´s Last Fabulous Post ..My Friday Shout Out =-.

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Terrah September 6, 2009 at 4:37 pm

That is why we must live the lives we want now, not later. Great quote, it gets your mind thinking “wow, how do I spend my days?” It is important to step back and make sure you are doing what you really want each day.

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Carla September 6, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Its the day-to-day that counts.

This quote really makes you think about your time and if you are spending it not only on your own terms but also for the good of others.

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Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord September 6, 2009 at 6:01 pm

I think it’d be neat to see what everyone thought when they first saw the image. For me, I checked to see if the page loaded correctly (expecting an image). I think that probably says something about my expectations in life… Not sure what, but that’s okay!
I saw that quite a few people mentioned quitting unfulfilling jobs this year so they could fill their days the way they wanted – with more meaning. I’m in that category, and for the first time in my life, feel as if all parts of me have blossomed. Just waking up and breathing, with little or no stresses about “what’s next”, has given me such joy.
Happy Sunday, Lance!
.-= Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord´s Last Fabulous Post ..Resentment Is Ridiculous =-.

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Audra Krell September 6, 2009 at 6:01 pm

Nice Lance! I too, thought my page hadn’t finished loading. Very clever, enjoyed it as always.
.-= Audra Krell´s Last Fabulous Post ..Cyberchondria =-.

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Katie West/The Levity Coach September 6, 2009 at 7:07 pm

Tra La La! Hopscotching Twirling Beaching Laughing BBQing Reading Coffeehousing Paper-Airplaning Hugging Thanking Chatting Kitty-Snuggling Cake-Eating Swinging and Smiling! Such is my day and so say you…such is my life. Tra La La! I have much to celebrate today and always.

and Lance…you rock.
.-= Katie West/The Levity Coach´s Last Fabulous Post ..Daily Levity Video: A Cure for Cheerfulness =-.

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Jodi at Joy Discovered September 6, 2009 at 9:37 pm

Love this quote, Lance! The “picture” threw me, but that was probably your point, right? It sure made me snap to attention. I whole heartedly believe that all we have is this one moment, and that all of our singular moments add up to a whole life. This thrills me, as I try to have a deep reverence for life; and it scares the living daylights out of me, because sometimes I get in my own way, and then I am frustrated that I am frittering away precious moments of would-be happiness. But overall, I’ve learned to embrace the present for what it is, accepting that all emotions and thoughts, whether positive or negative are part of my path. I do hope that when I’m old I look back on all this and smile. I hope that laughter comes to me and I am filled with a lightness of being that takes my breath away. I will have no regrets! Cheers!
.-= Jodi at Joy Discovered´s Last Fabulous Post ..Off the Shelf: 365 Tao~Work =-.

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Lance September 6, 2009 at 10:13 pm

@Michelle – Thank you, Michelle.

@Lisis – Lisis, you and your family are living this in very real and very life-changing ways. And while there’s a certain amount of uncertainty in all of that, there’s also something inherently very deep and fulfilling too. And that’s because you’re listening to your heart. And it’s speaking to you from a place that is not overtaken by money, or prestige, or fame, or looks, or any other external factors. It speaks to you from deep meaning. And that’s such a great place to be. Lisis, you and Jeff and your family are doing something very wonderful for all of you…and it’s so great to see.

@Hermann Shinglemeister – Hey, you’re back, Hermann! I’m surprised Jannie gives you Internet access. And I hope to know Jannie until she’s 102 (and then some)! Tell Jannie that when our paths cross in real life, I’m bringing the donuts and the hugs…

@Suddenly Slimmer – Alia, it’s great to see you here. And you are good with words, you are. And seeing you here today puts a smile on my face.

@Dr. Rus – Thanks, Dr. Rus! You’ve got it, the picture is ours to create – for each of us.

@Zeenat – Zeenat, your grandpa was very wise. What wonderful words to share! And you’ve touched upon something else that is really pretty powerful – this idea of doing something at first to make others happy, and then when that same thought does resonate more with us – we’re all of a sudden now doing for ourselves too. Zeenat, thank you very much for sharing this very touching story.

@Barbara – Hi Barbara. I really debated on the photo this week, but just kept coming back to this one, and what it said. I wasn’t sure how it would come across, but I knew that for me – there was something deeply moving about this quote linked with a black frame. And to the idea that we create that frame for ourselves. Keep on painting the vibrant colors I know you do, Barbara – you have so much you shared in your frame!

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Lance September 6, 2009 at 10:54 pm

@JenX – Hi Jen. Like I mentioned to Barbara, this photo combined with the quote really spoke to me. The whole idea that we create our own frame, our own images, our own lives – daily in what wew do. So good to have you here, Jen…

@Miz – Thank you, Carla. And you are an example…one who shines the truth of these words…

@Miguel – Right. What we do today, tomorrow, and so forth – they may only seem like a day in the life…but they’re really OUR life. Each day a part of that.

@Yum Yucky – Hey Josie. Yes, it’s been a bit decieving, this picture of really…nothing. And that’s because it’s our blank slate, our picture that we’re creating. Each of us. So yes, you were seeing what you thought you were. And you know what – I see this so much in you – these things you have which are priceless and have so much meaning – and it’s so wonderful to see. And what really so great about your comment is the very end – and this fact that you realize all of this – that you “see” what really matters. Josie, that’s such a amazing place…and it’s so good for me to see this. My friend, know that your friendship has been priceless to me…

@Ian – Oh, that’s great stuff to really think deeply about, Ian. Especially what that word “spend” means to each of us. How does this “spend” compare to the money we spend. How are we treating our days? Are we spending it all? Or is some saved to grow interest on, and then come back later to provide even more good? Love the thought, Ian!

@Tess – Done! Your photo is filled with happiness and fun! And that was an easy one to fill for you! Tess, thank you for your sweet and wonderful words. I’m touched by them, very much. And now…we’re home from camping – just a short trip – but so good to get away too. Thanks much for being here…

@Karl – Great point, Karl. Life’s not just about us. When we live a life with service as part of that backbone, then we’re spending our days in a pretty great place – making other’s days better too. And that joy you talk about is a joy that isn’t just superficial, it’s a joy that’s deep and meaningful. Ego…something that can hold us back from sharing more deeply. Yet, when we can let go of that, we really do come to a place of much meaning in our own lives…

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Lance September 6, 2009 at 10:54 pm

@Stephen – Yes! It all counts. Every year, every day, every minute, every second. It’s all part of our life. How are we spending all of these?

@Suzen – Beautiful, Suzen! A fresh canvas, to create our life! And all the tools that we need are there, for us to use – creating a masterpiece, when we listen to our heart and let what’s there flow out! Suzen, you do this, I know you do…

@Tim Enalls – Thanks much, Tim. And this reminds me of the thought that what we have, what is known – is this very moment in time. Nothing else is guaranteed. And with that thought, how do we really want to live? Really live, knowing that we don’t really have an idea of how long that life might be? Living in this moment…so, so good…

@Colleen – Colleen, what wonderful insight here. Because our thoughts become our actions. So, maybe you could even say that it starts with our thoughts. This becomes a big part of how our lives are lived. As I think more about this tonight, I’m moved by how powerful this is. Thoughts are so powerful…

@SpinDiva – The comments here have be so supportive and wonderful. And Terie, I too was pulled very much into Colleen’s comment about thoughts – so much to think about there. Here’s to spending a lifetime, daily – creating the lives we so deeply desire. Thanks so much for being here…

@Hilda – Hilda, this is so good to read. Following your heart is a beautiful place to walk alongside. Keep doing that, my friend. You are doing some pretty wonderful things…

@Nadia – Hi Nadia. And yes, WHO we spend our time with plays a large role in our own lives, as well. We are influenced by those we’re around, even if we try not to be. So, finding those people that really resonate with you, people who touch you deeply – these are people that can help really in spending these days of our lives in congruence with what matters to us. Wonderful thought, Nadia.

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Mindful Mimi September 7, 2009 at 2:16 am

Lance,
Short and profound. I like that. Not wasting any words in what you want to say.
I am changing my days so that my life becomes more fulfilled, interesting, purposeful. So far I am succeeding (more or less). It’s all about living in the moment isn’t it?
I like that.
Thanks
Have a great week.
M
.-= Mindful Mimi´s Last Fabulous Post ..Sunday laugh =-.

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Lance September 7, 2009 at 4:44 am

@Tabitha – Tabitha, thanks for sharing your favorite quote here. These two do fit so well together. And what a great way to start each day – that’s awesome. Wishing you much love, too…

@Nannyboo – Thank you for being here today…

@Marelisa – Hi Mare. Taking of the smaller steps, and they make the bigger steps – our days become our years. So well said, Mare, thank you.

@Jennifer – Hi Jennifer. Yes, it’s easy to look back and say “shoulda, coulda, woulda”. But we can’t. Well, we can’t look back and change anything. What we have is today. And no matter where we are, that’s the place to start at. Consciously (such a great word you’ve used, Jennifer). Jennifer, thank you for your gracious and kind words. Know that the feeling is mutual…completely.

@Diane – Yes, that’s it Diane! It is a “fill in the blank” picture. Your picture. And for all of us, that’s all a bit different. So the question becomes, what are you creating to make that picture what you want it to be, deep down? Such a beautiful picture, within us all, we just have to let our true selves out.

@Sami – There’s this whole money vs. love conundrum. And it can be hard to give up the money, especially with bills to pay – in order to live out your dreams. You’re right, though – if there’s a will, there’s a way. And that will is within us all, along with our deep passions. Finding that and letting it shine, opportunities will be there – I believe that completely. And Sami, I know also how much you love and live life, and it’s a beautiful thing to witness.

@Caity – Hi Caity. Good for you, actively choosing how to live your day. And you also bring up another great point – and that’s this idea of “bad” days, or some sort of funk. It happens to us all. We all have moments where we feel down or sad or angry. That’s okay. And while it’s good to get out of these, it’s also good to recognize these moments in our life, and accept them for what they are. Caity, what a great example of changing your outlook, and how positive that was for you!

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Suzie Cheel September 7, 2009 at 4:55 am

I left a comment here yesterday that seems to have gone into cyberspace?
When I arrived here I was waiting for the picture to load Like Barbara. I then read the quote and got it:)
So important how we embrace each day and by who we be.
Love you deep simplicity
Suzie
.-= Suzie Cheel´s Last Fabulous Post ..What Am I Grateful For Today? #124 =-.

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Lance September 7, 2009 at 5:44 am

@Lori – Hi Lori. And that’s it – how do we spend our time? We all have choices, even in those moments that feel like we don’t. We always have our attitude. And most often, we have much more than that, too. This is our life – now. With the cards we’ve been dealt. Lori, I know you’re doing this, living YOUR life. And it’s so wonderful to see! So, thank you for your kind words. And really, Lori, thank you for being YOU, and for shining your light into my life.

@Terrah – Yes, because NOW is what we have. And yes, it really does get you to thinking – if you really let this soak into your soul. What is it that matters? Great stuff, Terrah!

@Carla – Carla, such a beautiful thought. It’s about living life on our terms, without forgetting about others in the process. So true. That’s love in action!

@Megan – Megan, you’re not the only one who thought something was missing from the picture. And maybe that says something about your expectations, and maybe not. This was a difficult choice for the picture on this one. I had several thoughts, but really kept coming back to this one. I wasn’t sure how it would go over, but still it just felt “right”. What is the picture that each one of us is creating? What’s in your frame? And Megan, I’m so happy for you, and for where you’re at with your life! And you keep on blossoming, in beautiful ways! It’s so good to have you here, you shine so much goodness and light!

@Audra – Yes, the picture that’s causing all sorts of questioning. Or really, the picture that’s ours to create. Audra, you are! I know it, and it amazing to see…

@Katie – Okay, Katie..that comment just really put a great big smile on my face! I’m envisioning a picture of you and all of this – and what a fun and happy picture! The days that make up your life – are filled with love…making up your life…with love! Keep on celebrating! Keep on “living”. Katie, you do this so in so many amazing and wonderful ways – this list is only a start! Keep on being YOU!!!

@Jodi – Hi Jodi. Ha! Yes, the picture was really to make you think. It was a picture that I really debated about using, yet kept coming back to it being the “right” one. One that could create for each of us, the chance to think about that our own picture looks like. And I’m sure we all have moments where we fritter away some of our precious time here on earth. I know that I do. Yet, just that fact that we’re conscious of all of this, that’s a great place to be in. And Jodi – you’re there! And I know that you’re going after some things that have very deep meaning for you. I find that to be so uplifting! And not only for you, but for those who are touched in some way by what you’re doing. And I’m one of those people. You make a difference in my life. And it’s so wonderful to have crossed paths here in this big world we live in. You are most definitely filled with a bright and beautiful light, shining out into the world…

@Mimi – Hi Mimi. And what I know of you, you are most definitely succeeding! You are doing some very wonderful things! And that is living in the moment! Mimi, it’s always so good to have you here, thank you!!

@Suzie – Hmmm…not sure what happened, Suzie. I’m glad you’re back though! And yes, this one was a bit different, with no picture, really. Just a frame. The picture, then was one you create. Here’s to embracing each day fully, in all that it can bring – when we live from our heart. Thanks much, Suzie!

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John September 7, 2009 at 6:44 am

This quote really puts things into perspective. Break up life into day by day activities that make you happy and I’m almost 100% sure you’ll live a happy life. Some people do things that are detrimental to their lives everyday, but they just shrug it off and say, “I have my whole life to fix that.” Well, as of now, it’s not fixed, so work on that before it really messes up your life.
.-= John´s Last Fabulous Post ..The REAL Secret to Being Patient =-.

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miruspeg September 7, 2009 at 7:26 am

I love how you always think outside the square Lance.
It is a very true and important quote. Your blank picture reminded me of this quote below:

“The greatest purity is nothing or nothingness – no thinking, no desiring, no imagining. You are then one with the moment and the great movement of life so nothing can happen that is not right.” – Barry Long

Thank you for these thought provoking posts.
😀
Peggy
.-= miruspeg´s Last Fabulous Post ..Two Wolves =-.

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Davina September 7, 2009 at 10:59 am

Hi Lance. I must say, I LOVED Barbara’s comment. And, you’re gonna laugh because I scrolled back up to see the picture and wondered why it was blank. When I landed on the post I was in such a hurry to read the quote and the comments that I didn’t pay attention to the photo. Thought it was loading. You fooled me… twice!
.-= Davina´s Last Fabulous Post ..At the End of the Day =-.

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taney September 7, 2009 at 11:24 am

I like it! You have to have a clear mind in order to encourage new and exciting experiences. You should always utilize what you have learned in the past, but you not mope, wallow, and ponder in the past. Let everything go and set yourself free. Carpe Diem! Start today fresh! (=

@Davina, I got tricked for a second too. LOL! I thought something was wrong with my browser.
.-= taney´s Last Fabulous Post ..Lens of Perception =-.

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Kaizan September 7, 2009 at 11:53 am

Love this. So simple and yet so profound!

It is shocking how we fritter away our days, when we should be valuing every minute.
.-= Kaizan´s Last Fabulous Post ..How to Make Sure That Nothing Gets Between You and Your Good Habits =-.

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Lisis September 7, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Lance, your comments section is truly a testament to how many lives you have touched in profound ways. There is so much love at this Jungle of Life… I find it incredibly moving.

🙂
.-= Lisis´s Last Fabulous Post ..Adventure: Lessons From Niagara Falls =-.

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Diane AZ September 7, 2009 at 3:01 pm

I think the blank picture frame is exciting. It reminds me that there are no limits to my choices. I might or might not choose to do anything differently, but somehow it’s satisfying to feel that nothing needs to change. Life is happening, right here right now, full and perfect as it is. Thank you so much for posting the blank canvas and the Annie Dillard quote. I had never heard of her before, but I see she was a big fan of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden , and she wrote Pilgrim at Tinker Creek because she wanted to experience life more fully. Sounds like an interesting read.
.-= Diane AZ´s Last Fabulous Post ..Desert Fiesta =-.

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J.D. Meier September 7, 2009 at 3:10 pm

What a timeless quote with insight that cuts right to the core. How we spend our time is indeed how we spend our life.
.-= J.D. Meier´s Last Fabulous Post ..Lessons Learned from the “Last Lecture” =-.

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Sagan September 7, 2009 at 7:38 pm

I think if we look at what we did for one hour of today- any hour at all- and if we’re happy with it, then we’re on track.

If we look at an hour at random and aren’t pleased with it, maybe it’s time to rethink how we’re spending our time.
.-= Sagan´s Last Fabulous Post ..Nutritional Yeast =-.

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Lance September 7, 2009 at 8:01 pm

@John – That’s a great point, John. This idea of “I can fix it later”…and as we keep doing that, later never gets here. Something for all of us to think about…no matter where we fall in this process.

@Miruspeg – Hi Peggy. What a great quote to share, especially for the image here today. There is purity, in this moment, before we’ve done anything, in the moment before we do – and what will we fill the space with? So good to deeply think about. Thanks much, Peggy…

@Davina – Ha! Davina, now that IS funny! And not to poke fun at you, because I do the same thing – how often are we in a hurry, and miss the real meaning behind something? I’m sure it happens to me often, and I’m unaware completely of what was there. Really there. Davina, this all has me really thinking about myself and how much time I give to things, or if I just hurry by, on my way to something that “seems” important…Hmmm…

@Taney – Having a clear mind…very good point, Taney. Today is a new day! I love the thought – carpe diem!!

@Kaizan – This is our life…now. Not tomorrow, or next week, or next year. Now. And what are we doing with that time we have? Great thought!

@Lisis – Lisis, I’m so moved by this comment tonight. That I can offer this space for words to flow, it’s an honor. And it’s an honor to have everyone here – both those who share, and those who read. It really does all add so much to what this place means to me, and hopefully to you and all the readers. And with such a caring group of readers, the comments become so, so valuable. Lisis, it’s a gift to have you here. It is, much more than you’ll ever fully know… Thank you…

@Diane AZ – No limits…I completely love that thought, Diane! And as I’ve said in the comments a couple of times, this picture was something I really went back and forth on – trying to decide if it was the right image, and if the message would be conveyed. I’m so glad it has been, because in the end I just really kept coming back to this blank frame. And I didn’t know all this about Annie Dillard, now I’m even more intrigued by her and what she’s written. Diane, thank you so much for all of this.

@J.D. Meier – Thanks much, J.D. Timeless indeed…

@Sagan – Great point, Sagan. If we aren’t pleased with a sampling of our life, it’s really probably a pretty accurate estimation of at least a part of our life – and that’s something worth changing. I like this thought!

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Keith September 7, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Hello Lance,

Like many others here, my first thought was that the image didn’t load and I even went to Flikr to be sure! LOL The point quickly took hold of my mind and it speaks loud and clear to me, especially during this time. I love this quote very much and it is so true! My God it took me so long to see that. I used to always be looking ahead into the future, toward the day when I could be “happy” and enjoy life. How thankful I am these days to realize that each day, every minute of every hour IS MY LIFE! Now I know and understand how to be happy in the preent. After all, the present is really all we actually possess.

Thanks Lance.
.-= Keith´s Last Fabulous Post ..Your Mind The Helm, Your Thoughts The Rudder =-.

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LBJirel September 7, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Nice quote. Every day is part of month, month is part of year and all those years from the childhood to the moment of death (I am not sure about later!). Thanks for sharing.
.-= LBJirel´s Last Fabulous Post ..Horoscope matters! =-.

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David Cain September 8, 2009 at 6:35 am

No question. Habits carve out lives, there’s no escaping it.
.-= David Cain´s Last Fabulous Post ..How to Make a Life List You’ll Actually Do: A Comprehensive Guide =-.

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Lynn September 8, 2009 at 8:06 am

It is why a left a big money job to go back to school – the stress of the job was not worth it. Loved loved loved that time in school and would just do that all the time if I could. Not much money now, but much more happiness.
.-= Lynn´s Last Fabulous Post ..Conspirators, prom queen at last and a good thing =-.

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Sharmila September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Lance, I love the quote!! 🙂 I was looking for the picture to show up! 😉 shows me i need to stop multi-tasking! 😉 and get my focus gear on! 🙂 lol thanks! ~Jen
.-= Sharmila´s Last Fabulous Post ..Honoring Self ~& Opening the Floodgates!! =-.

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Lance September 8, 2009 at 12:42 pm

@Keith – Yes, the image has proved interesting on this post, for sure! I liken it to an image of our life that we get to create. What are we putting on that canvas? It’s up to us. And I tend to think that at some point, we’ve all been to this same place, where we start to look to the future and what can be. This is it, though. Right now. And once we fully realize this, that’s such a good place to be at – because we’re more focused on what we’re doing now, and how that matters.

@LBJirel – Every day is a part of our lives, how are we choosing to live those days out? And we just never know when that moment when our time here on earth is done. And that’s really what makes this so powerful.

@David – The habits we create and do every day…this DOES become our life. It’s not some magical point in the future, it’s now. Great point!

@Lynn – And that’s so good to read, Lynn. Money can pull us in directions that really aren’t the best at all. And that’s not to say that money is bad. It’s not, we just have to look at it through a different lens. One of doing what we love… Happiness trumps money, doesn’t it!

@Sharmilla – Jen, so good to see you here today! And yes, it’s so easy to try and multitask. And where does that get us? We can lose focus, can’t we. Great point illustrated here, even though that wasn’t the purpose….

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Lisa (mommymystic) September 8, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Well, I seem to always be the last one here (it is Tuesday after all, what did I expect?!?) but I love this quote, and I love Annie Dillard. Thanks for sharing. It gets right to the heart of the matter.
.-= Lisa (mommymystic)´s Last Fabulous Post ..LOVE- The Story of a Life, of Any Life =-.

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Kelly@SHE-POWER September 9, 2009 at 7:30 am

So simple, yet so true.

Kelly

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Stacey Shipman September 9, 2009 at 12:08 pm

I am late in responding because I was spending a few days in Maine hiking, biking, relaxing and looking for Moose! And that is a good life. Right on!

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Lance September 9, 2009 at 9:11 pm

@Lisa – Hi Lisa. And really, it’s just good to see you here. Sunday. Tuesday. Two weeks from now. Whenever. It’s all good! Yes, this does touch right upon the heart of what matters…all of our moments…

@Kelly – Hi Kelly! Thanks much…

@Stacey Shipman – Hi Stacey. That is a good life for sure! Maine just sounds like a great place to go and really connect with nature, and it sounds like you did a bunch of that! And that’s my take – what really matters is yours – and it sure sounds like you were living your days in ways that had deep meaning…very cool!

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Hilary September 10, 2009 at 8:34 am

Hi Lance – how we spend our days can be blank, or we can peer deeper and see the rainbow, or we can see the ‘dead’ face staring back, or we can see life all aglow ..

Thanks – great metaphor ….
Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters Inspirational Stories
.-= Hilary´s Last Fabulous Post ..Nuts with Peepholes, a name for talking about … =-.

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Liara Covert September 10, 2009 at 2:15 pm

As you choose to express love, joy and appreciation, then you invite this kind of energy to bless your life. As you learn to sense advantages in everything, then nothing phases or discourages you. You choose to smile and see it as meaningful instead.
.-= Liara Covert´s Last Fabulous Post ..What does anger teach you? =-.

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Lance October 2, 2009 at 4:34 pm

@Hilary – Hi Hilary. What do we choose to see, right? Awesome!

@Liara – What you give, you get!

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