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Today September 27, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Mindfulness.
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It’s true, you know . . . Today IS the FIRST day of the REST of your life. 

The past is gone.  It’s water over the dam. 

No matter how fast you swim, you cannot reclaim those droplets.

The future holds promise.  But like vapor and steam, it’s impossible to grasp until it condenses.

Today.  Today is where it’s at.  Drink it in.  Soak it up.  Be Here Now. 

Pooh: What day is it?

Piglet: Today.

Pooh: Oh, good. Today is always my favorite day.

Here’s to making Today the best day of the week.

Aah . . . that’s better!

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1. ryoko861Irene - September 27, 2012

Optimism will get you everywhere!

nrhatch - September 27, 2012

That’s the spirit! 😀

2. Judson - September 27, 2012

I have become a big advocate for the art of “Mindfulness” which I believe is simply a technique for practicing the philosophy you’re espousing. It’s not easy, you have to concentrate and stay focused, but it can be very effective mechanism for coping with anxiety and achieving satisfaction/happiness in life …

nrhatch - September 27, 2012

Yes! When we remain present and focused, happiness bubbles up of its own accord because we see, smell, hear, taste, and touch everything that is being offered up right here, right now.

I just cooked up a bunch of stuff in the kitchen:

* Lecso with peppers, fire roasted tomatoes, onions, and cayenne ~ ready to serve over rice or noodles

* Peanut Soup (served at the King’s Arm Tavern in Wmsburg) ~ fattening, but delish!

* Curried Lentil Soup with carrots, celery, red pepper ~ in the slow cooker for a few more hours

While in the kitchen, I mindfully chopped and dropped colorful veggies without a care in the world. I remained present as I stirred, tasted, and adjusted seasonings. A mini-vacation for my mind AND tantalizing treats for our tastebuds. 😀

3. Andra Watkins - September 27, 2012

Love the Pooh quote. It’s so true.

nrhatch - September 27, 2012

Taking “it” one day at a time => much less stress.

Inch by inch . . . life’s a cinch.
Yard by yard . . . life is hard.

4. sweetdaysundertheoaks - September 27, 2012

I love Piglet and Pooh. So wise. I am getting back on track. Living this moment.

nrhatch - September 27, 2012

Yay! Me too. I seem to have escaped the maelstrom. Instead of being pulled down (and under), I’m in an UPWARD spiral! 😀

sweetdaysundertheoaks - September 28, 2012

I hear ya! Happy Happy for you.. 🙂

5. Don - September 27, 2012

It’s the only way to live. So sad it takes us so long to realize.

nrhatch - September 27, 2012

Yes! Even after we’ve realized it, we often benefit from a “refresher course” . . . a few pointed reminders about letting go of the past long enough to embrace the present. 😀

We are HERE. And it is NOW. What else is there?

Don - September 28, 2012

That’s it – precisely that. Thanks Nancy.

6. Perfecting Motherhood - September 27, 2012

One of my favorite French singers/songwriters, Etienne Daho wrote a song called “Le premier jour” (the first day of the rest of your life) years ago. It describes how hard life is for everyone but you can make changes starting today, follow your instincts and your wants. It talks about people’s greed and drive to always get more. One of my favorite lines says, why do you want to get the moon when you already have the stars? And his videos are always very funny.

nrhatch - September 27, 2012

Thanks for sharing such a TIMELY song, Milka.

I love that it is in French so that I have to translate (and fill in the blanks of the words I don’t recognize). 😉

Perfecting Motherhood - September 27, 2012

Haha, sorry but I can’t think of an American song that actually covers this important theme! This page has the lyrics but still in French, so you need to get a translator. http://www.lyricsmania.com/le_premier_jour_lyrics_etienne_daho.html

nrhatch - September 27, 2012

Thanks, Milka! I love that line you highlighted ~ why do so many people work so hard to claim the moon when they already have the stars?

Silly rabbits! :mrgreen:

7. Three Well Beings - September 27, 2012

The best focus, Nancy! I love it! D

nrhatch - September 27, 2012

This seemed like the perfect post for TODAY. 😀

8. bluebee - September 27, 2012

Pooh philosophy – I like it!

nrhatch - September 27, 2012

Pooh & Piglet are quite a team.
Tigger too! 😀

9. flyinggma - September 28, 2012

Thanks for the upbeat take on the day!

nrhatch - September 28, 2012

Here’s to flying high! 😉

10. jannatwrites - September 28, 2012

I like the optimism here. Today is much more fun when we don’t bring the burden of yesterday along.

nrhatch - September 28, 2012

Yes! When we shower to wash off yesterday’s “junk” . . . maybe we should remember to let go of the emotional junque too.

11. sufilight - September 28, 2012

I am learning to be mindful and as I mentioned to Kathy, I feel a difference, feel more patient. Upbeat post and comments! 🙂

nrhatch - September 28, 2012

Yay! (Of course, you’ve always seemed like a calm, patient, and mindful person to me.) 😀

12. Yaz - September 28, 2012

I love the idea that today is a new beginning. It changes one’s perspective on gnawing issues. And I always love wise old Pooh Bear!

nrhatch - September 28, 2012

Thanks, Yaz. Here’s to getting a “fresh” start each morning. Pooh Bear is a wise old bear . . . with a bit of silly tossed in for balance. 😉

13. wightrabbit - September 28, 2012

Great philosophy, Nancy, I love your water analogies! And I can just picture you cooking up your tasty dishes, with abandonment! 🙂

nrhatch - September 28, 2012

Thanks, Jacqueline! Life and time are like water . . . each moment/experience flows into the next and merges with the unified whole.

AND we are healthier if we are NOT stagnant. 😉

When I’m in the mood to cook, it’s a creative pleasure ~ and now I have soup in the freezer for nights when cooking holds no appeal. Yay!

14. Tammy - September 28, 2012

Pooh always said it perfectly.

nrhatch - September 28, 2012

A.A. Milne knew what he was doing when he brought his lovely stuffed animals to life. 😀

15. colonialist - September 28, 2012

One must accept that the present doesn’t exist. By the time you say, ‘This is NOW!’, ‘Now’ will be in the past. Then, of course, time is flexible as postulated by Einstein and proved daily by satellites where time differs from ours due to their speed.
However, I agree there is no time like the present. Especially if the present is a generous one. *hint* My birthday’s coming up soon …

nrhatch - September 28, 2012

Happy (almost) Birthday, Col! Perhaps you’ll get that crown and scepter you’ve been hinting after. 😆

colonialist - September 28, 2012

Ta!

16. kateshrewsday - September 28, 2012

I needed reminding of this today, Nancy. Each day is infinitely precious. Thank you.

nrhatch - September 28, 2012

No time like the present. 😀

17. Pocket Perspectives - September 28, 2012

today IS the best day of the week…it sure is! 😀

nrhatch - September 28, 2012

Excellent! The more “in the NOW” I am, the happier I be!

18. Patricia - September 28, 2012

I pretty much always think today is a good day. Even if it hasn’t been as good as I would have liked (at bedtime) I am grateful for having had the gift of another day.

nrhatch - September 29, 2012

That’s great, Patricia. Each day this week, “today” got a bit better . . . yay!

Patricia - September 29, 2012

\O/

19. pix & kardz - September 29, 2012

Piglet gets my vote! I actually found your post from May, ‘don’t wait to be freshly pressed’, and then discovered that the comments were closed. but then probably enough has been said about it – and besides, today is a new day. 🙂
 
reminds me of the ‘only three more get-ups until the weekend’ syndrome, or dreading Mondays, and not being able to wait for Fridays. a co-worker once said – no point looking forward to Friday. it means you are wishing away your life.
 
this same person is living with some severe health issues, and has one of the most positive attitudes i have ever seen, and a joy to be around.
 
the crazy-busyness at my end is almost over. everything should be repaired and moved back into place by mid-October. but did want to take the time to stop by and say ‘boo’ and thanks for all your visits recently. much appreciated. i really enjoyed this post. 🙂

anyhow, Happy Today to you Nancy!

nrhatch - September 29, 2012

Glad things are pulling together for you, Kris. I know you’ll be happy to get the repairs behind you.

Your co-worker sounds like she’s got the right attitude . . . don’t wish away the week to get to the weekend.

I almost never close comments on posts . . . but spammers targeted that “freshly pressed” post and I got tired of all their bogus comments and commentary.

And, finally, Piglet rocks! 😀

20. barb19 - September 29, 2012

A reminder I very much needed today – thanks Nancy – live in the moment!

nrhatch - September 29, 2012

I’ve been taking a crash course this week, Barb . . . a much needed refresher on boosting mood and kicking “worry, fear, and doubt” to the curb. 😀

barb19 - September 29, 2012

Good on ya Nancy – I need a refresher course like that too!

nrhatch - September 29, 2012

One thing that helped me . . . I put a rubber band around my wrist to remind me to “stop that!” 😉

21. joyroses13 - April 11, 2018

Love it! Great minds think alike, eh! 🙂

nrhatch - April 11, 2018

Pooh + Piglet = almost as wise as Owl. 😀

joyroses13 - April 11, 2018

Hahaha!

nrhatch - April 11, 2018

Now, Roo, on the other hand, will need to leap a bit to catch up with that silly old bear!


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