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Don't Let Life Pass You By

My husband and I are preparing for an eventual move from our home of 20+ years. Recently I have been on a cleaning spree to prepare, and the hard drive on my computer was no exception. As I organized my files, I came across an old poem I wrote.

Time Gone By

Lost in thoughts of days gone by,
Who was I then?
Tick, tock, tick, tock.

Lost in thoughts of this moment,
Who am I now?
Tick, tock, tick, tock.

Lost in thoughts of the future,
Who can I be?
Tick, tock, tick, tock.

Time has run out... why did I waste my life being lost?

I sat in silence after reading it, thinking on how easy it is to put ourselves in a rut and let life pass us by, and on what the opposite of this poem would be. I wondered, “how do great leaders spend their time? How do they avoid the life potential trap of woulda-coulda-shoulda?” Then I went back to deleting old files off my computer. Apparently, the question wasn’t compelling enough. Or so I thought.

Later that same afternoon, my younger son, Warren, wanted to go to the bookstore. I wasn’t looking for a book, but elected to go, as I have always loved the feel of the bookstore and being in the presence of so much wisdom.

We went to the bookstore, and I did my usual perusing of the aisles. One book caught my eye: Messages From The Masters by Dr. Brian Weiss. The only other book I had read by Dr. Weiss, Many Masters, Many Lives, had caused me to change some of my world views, so I figured it was worth a shot.

I couldn’t put that book down. The pages of Messages From The Masters spoke right to the heart of my poem Time Gone By:

So wake up and climb out of your rut. If you stay asleep, you will grow old still asleep and you will miss your life’s potential.

Live in the present, not the past or the future. The past is over, learn from it and let it go. The future is not yet here. Plan for it, but do not worry. Worry only wastes your time and energy.  (p. 130)

Great leaders - masters - wake up. They don’t miss their life’s potential, and they do it by living in the present, letting go of the past, and planning for the future. Then they let the rest go.

Dr. Tomi

Dr. Tomi W. Bryan