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Alive and Present

August 9th, 2007 at 11:29 am

I was reading over some of the sidebar links over at LUCKY ROBINS blog and clicked on "all things frugal"

This article caught my attention.
Maybe it will give others something to think about,too.

Alive and Present

by Steve Goodier

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright once told of a childhood incident that may have seemed insignificant at the time, but had a profound influence on the rest of his life. It happened when he was nine years old. It was winter. Young Frank was walking across a snow-covered field with his uncle. As the two of them reached the far end of the field, his uncle stopped him. He pointed out his own tracks in the snow, straight and true as an arrow's flight, and then young Frank's tracks meandering all over the field.

"Notice how your tracks wander aimlessly from the fence to the cattle to the woods and back again," his uncle said. "And see how my tracks aim directly to my goal. There is an important lesson in that."

Years later the world-famous architect liked to tell how this experience had greatly contributed to his life's philosophy. "I determined right then," he'd say with a twinkle in his eye, "not to miss most things in life, as my uncle had."

He determined to be alive and present. To be fully aware and squeeze as much life out of each moment as possible.

We will miss most things in life if we live in the past. Let us learn from the past, but not live there.

We will miss most things in life if we live in the future. Let us plan for the future, but not live there.

We will miss little if we live in the present. And we'll have more fun along the way!

3 Responses to “Alive and Present”

  1. mbkonef Says:

    Wow! I really like that philosphy. Some days I get filled with regretting past decisions or worrying about the future. Sure, we need to do some thinking about both, but how much better to focus on the present and get the most out of each day - one day at a time!

  2. fern Says:

    Good advice. "Be in the moment." Dont' let your mind wander from what you're doing. Focus.

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    I left a note on the kohlrabi you asked about on my Free Food entry.

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