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Make the Most of Today

September 13, 2018

  

 

We decided to go hiking at Bobcat Ridge since it was such a beautiful morning. This would be our first hike there and I was glad that the trail was rated easy-to-moderately difficult. I looked forward to seeing some interesting wildlife while getting some exercise.

 

It took 20 minutes to drive to the trail-head from our home. The terrain was a wide expanse of grassland with sharply jutting, jagged ridges that rose high in the sky to the north. To the south, gentle hills rose behind a small pond and numerous trees.

 

 

 

About ten minutes into the trail we came upon an old log cabin where we took some pictures. We explored the site for a few minutes and then continued on the trail, which was actually a long loop around the entire area. We passed by a small, tranquil pond and headed toward the wooded hills which afforded some cool, welcome shade. At this point we were about halfway around the loop. We started the gentle descent down through the the hilly area.

 

During the hike, my wife Susan and friend Ann led the charge while I lagged a bit behind. As we came down the last stretch of the hill and headed back toward the trail-head I stopped and turned around to take one last look at the landscape we had just traversed. While I was enjoying the view the ladies continued walking. They soon realized I was not right behind them and stopped.

                            “What are you doing?” Ann called back to me.

                            “I turned around to see where I had been!” I answered.

 

At that moment it dawned on me that the phrase held more meaning than simply looking back at the path we had just hiked. It could also refer to the times we reflect on what we have done, where we have been, and where we are going. It also struck me how important it is to be in the moment; to be a valid participant in the entire, immediate experience, to be mindful. What we do in the present moment is influenced by our past and it has an impact on what we do and where we will be in the future.

We can’t change the past; however, today we can change our perception/understanding of what happened and decide what to do about it. The future is important and the only way we can influence it is to make plans for it today. We can envision what we would like it to be. Today is the day of action.

 

Here is a song I wrote about making the most of today:

 

Make the Most of Today

 

Sometimes I turn around

To see where I have been

Sometimes I turn inside

To see what shape I’m in.

And yes,

I know,

I can’t dwell on yesterday

Or live in tomorrow
So here’s what I say

I’ll make the most of today

 

Sometimes I look ahead

To see where I might be

Sometimes I look ahead

And plan so hopefully

And yet,

I know,

I can’t dwell on yesterday

Or wait on tomorrow

So here’s what I say

I’ll make the most of today

 

Sometimes I turn around

To see where I have been

Sometimes I turn around

to view it all again

And yes,

I know,

The joys and woes of yesterday

All the hopes for tomorrow

So here’s what I say

I’ll make the most of today

 

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