An Observation from both sides of the Mirror, Living and Life - 101

Sunsets in Life

We see many Sunsets in Life, some are dark and some are Beautiful. We must learn from the dark ones and savor the good ones.
We see many Sunsets in Life, some are dark and some are Beautiful. We must learn from the dark ones and savor the good ones. | Source

How Should a Man live?

Really, that is the real question for all of us.

Just how should I live my Life.

I'm not talking about religious ideals or lofty carer goals that drive people to be leaders in this world of ours.

No, I'm addressing the more mundane subject that each of us must face as we go about the day to day tasks and toils and tribulations of our lives.

Which are the REAL DIRECTIONS that I should take?

Our lives are a series of paths.

All Right, I confused you, and that's OK, because I'm not selling anything to you, especially not any religious, social, philosophical platitudes.

All that I am trying to tell you is this:

As I said, we all have beliefs; religious, political, social, philosophical. And that's OK in the grand scheme of things from my perspective.

It doesn't bother me if you wear clothes that are "different" from mine. It doesn't bother me if you refuse to eat certain foods than I do. It doesn't even bother me if you say my beliefs are wrong.

There are far too many people on this planet to not have a wide variety of personal beliefs being touted as "the one true .....", whatever.

I'm just telling you that, far too often our personal lifespan is shorter than we think it will be.

So, Pick your beliefs and wrap your souls around them. Now.

So many people live their whole life in varying states of personal direction and goals. They jump from one ideal to another like someone changing their wardrobes seasonally.

And, if that truly is your goal in life, then OK. But, that's not what I am talking about.

I am talking about your REAL DIRECTION! Which paths are you on?

Take a real Direction?

SO, You are asking me, what is this damned fool talking about, a REAL DIRECTION?

HUH!

What I am taking about is that you NEED,

NO, that you MUST, select a REAL DIRECTION that you want to walk or run through, as you burn up your allocated minutes, for living this short life that you have right now.

What is a REAL DIRECTION?

Well, Let me give you a simple truth to ponder;

You can live your life, PLANNING FOR that elusive day, TOMORROW,

or

You can LIVE TODAY as if you are LIVING IN YOUR TOMORROW, Now!

What is TOMORROW and what is TODAY?

Said more simply, when you reach ..... that day, way out there,

your TOMORROW,

that place in time that you will have saved enough money?

that day when you can retire?

that day when you have cleansed and perfected your Soul?

that day when you can stop planting and start reaping your rewards?

that day when you can actually enjoy yourself?

that day when you have finally reached all of your personal goals, whatever they might be.

That is what you called TOMORROW, all of your meager Life,

Just because you restricted your SELF and your LIFE so that when you reach that goal, that end to your DIRECTION,

will you, then, finally, be HAPPY?

But, What about TODAY?

In my mind, that's the real question for us all; What about TODAY?

Why not take every one of those planned special moments that you have allocated in your plans for the rest of your Life, and Enjoy them ..... TODAY?

TODAY is so much better than TOMORROW. For one thing TOMORROW is always at least a day away, according to Little Orphan Annie, anyway.

To her, it was a goal that was only a few hours away, but, what about you?

What about NOW ....TODAY? Why shouldn't you live TODAY.

In fact Live TODAY, as if there was no TOMORROW?

OK, I'm not telling you to say "to Hell with the rest of my life, lets partyyyyyyy".

No, I' not saying that at all. What I am saying is that if you take those TOMORROW goals and set then aside occasionally, and just take a day, TODAY maybe, and live it to the limits of your capabilities, with Love in your Heart?SPEND! Spend an extra Buck.

Spend an extra Hour, spend an extra moment, even. reaching for something else!

And maybe even go another few minutes, with a heightened level of JOY, beyond what you expected to have time for.

Why, when you start doing this, enjoying the moments every day, you just might end up being a truly happy soul, traveling through your life, rather than that dire person who plans and plans for that time in your elusive future,

way out there, TOMORROW!

What the HELL, It could even be Fun!

You see, TOMORROW is probably a long way out there, and if you start, right now, occasionally, LOVING what you have TODAY, you just might strengthen your Soul, in its other travails, that are so common over a lifetime.

So, I say to you, Be whatever you are, or want to be. But, you should live your days TODAY for a higher level of enjoyment and fulfillment, on your personal trip to TOMORROW!

God knows that I AM!

I admit it, some days its really hard to regain my perspective what with all of the obstacles that are thrown at me throughout my days.

But, what I do is, just stop myself, mentally, and take a deep breath. And, with that breath, I try to Smile! That's all, I just try to Smile. Now, after a lot of years doing things in my life wrong,

I find that my attempts to Smile; brings my day into a clearer focus, slows my heart rate, calms my body and mind, and allows me to enjoy my TODAY!

© 2012 Don Bobbitt

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cruelkindness 4 years ago from an angle view.

Frustration for the fools.

Well done, feels like people are wasting their life for death

Arrowed Up

Cruelkindness (Subliminally Thoughtless)


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Barnsey 4 years ago from Happy Hunting Grounds

It is indeed much easier on the nerves living day by day, Great point and Great Hub!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

The Ant and the Grasshopper, is one of Aesop's Fables, we all know the moral of the story.


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Well done Don, we all need to just "Live the day" more and plan less.

Voted Up!


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Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Thanks for the nice comments, cruelkindness, Barnsey, mckbirdks and Curiad.

I wrote this because I have I have found, over my life that the world wants us to follow their directions and jump into the nearest rut! Often, these ruts are paths to regret.

I love to be the vehicle that jumps from the road and runs occasionally across a beautiful field, just to look. $-wheel drive (money) or not!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and interesting. As I sometimes think what in the world am I here for to sit and wait for things to happen. Oh, no I must make them happen and live every moment as if it might be my last. Add in to that to take the time to smell the roses and I'll be so much better off. You made this a real pick me up piece and so I will and go off to take a walk and see what I might discover. Passing this on.


fatigmon 4 years ago

Pleasure only lasts as long as the event, so make that day for you a good, long one. When it's over , it's over, until the next one.

Interesting and I also voted this up.


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SopranoRocks 4 years ago from Upper Peninsula, Michigan, USA

Very well stated! I was watching Downtown Abbey once when I had an epiphany along these lines. All those people during the early 1900s (yes I know they are characters in a tv show but referring to the people the story was based upon) have all these problems and they are worrying and bickering and stressing and then it hit me... no one remembers a person by that about which they worried while alive - you are remembered for who you were and what you have done and how you loved and lived - then 100 years from now you are forgotten completely - why waste YOUR 100 years wasting precious time being upset over so many insignificant occurrences? We are here NOW so LIVE NOW - have fun and do everything on your Bucket List and then some; enjoy every waking moment! Because it ends - everything does. I have only recently, at age 35, realized that this life and this body is all we have here on Earth. I have wasted too many years dwelling on things that mean nothing in the long run. GREAT HUB! It really sets you free when you not only realize this but believe it and live it!

p.s. take a moment to listen to the song '100 Years' by Five For Fighting - it encompasses this feeling of live while you can in a short eloquent way.


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Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

GypsyRoseLee, thanks so much for the comment, and I hope your walk opens new avenues for you to travel.

We all need to climb the fences that crowd us into directions other than what we really desire.

Good luck and thanks again.


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Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

fatigmon- what you say i so true and we need to ration, yet at the same time savor these special pleasures.

And, SopranoRocks, you hit the nail on the head as they say, in your reference to living Now and living for Now. Sure, we all need to be cognizant of the fact that there are tomorrows and we should prepare for them, but, NEVER, NEVER, in a way that we tie souls in shackles.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

Don Bobbitt,

I will share with you what my Daddy always said: Live each day as if it were your last day, and then one day it will be.

I voted up, because you sound so much like my Daddy. He was a profound thinker, and I still miss him.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi


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Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Thanks for the Comment and the Compliment, Bobbi.


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lmmartin 4 years ago from Alberta and Florida

Too many of us live in preparation of life rather than in life. What is that quote? Life is no a dress rehearsal. Why not wear those "good" clothes today? Great thoughts.


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Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Thanks for the great comment, lmmartin.

ouknow, I had a friend who after over 40 years of working, he was only one year away fro retirement and he bought himself a ROLEX watch.

But, I noticed that he only wore it to go out to when he dressed up.

I asked him who he was saving the watch for. He had no children and no close relatives.

I told him that a Rolex was made to be worn and was one of the toughest watches made and why didn't he wear it all of the time. He jjust laughed at me.

But, I soon noticed that he was wearing it all of the time.

I felt great in that I had helped him do at one little thing to live for tday and enjoy what he had, NOW!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

My goodness my friend, you speak my language. Where have you been while I've been screaming this message from the HP rooftops? Great hub, one that reflects many hubs I've written. I will be following from now on.


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Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Thanks, Billybuc, I consider that a complement, coming from you.

I have found that too many people think Sage is just a Spice.

Thank God some of us still know that it is also a form of Wisdom.

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