The Uniqueness of Each Moment

“This too shall pass” is a phrase I have heard and spoken over the years. This morning I had a shift of perspective insight that reminded me the phrase applies to the good things in life as well as the challenging stuff. All of it shall pass. Our life on this planet is a transient and finite experience. And I get to choose how I will experience it. I can fret and fixate on the hard and unpleasant stuff. I can cling to the positive stuff. Or I can hold it lightly and gratefully as it flows in and through my life. I want to appreciate and celebrate the uniqueness of each moment. Every bit of it is a gift. Denise Levertov put it this way –

Only Once
by Denise Levertov

All which, because it was
flame and song and granted us
joy, we thought we’d do, be, revisit,
turns out to have been what it was
that once, only; every invitation
did not begin
a series, a build-up: the marvelous
did happen in our lives, our stories 
are not drab with its absence: but don’t
expect to return for more. Whatever more
there will be will be
unique as those were unique. Try
to acknowledge the next
song in its body-halo of flames as utterly
present, as now or never.

May I be fully alive and fully present in this and every moment.

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