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Overcoming Failure (Part 2)

Overcoming Failure (Part 2)

Napoleon Hill once wrote, “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”  Failure can be a wonderful gift of opportunity to grow in character (patience, humility, appropriate grounded-ness, wisdom) and become more resilient.  

But how do we do that?

Today's big question: how will you find significance in each moment?

Today's big question.

How many times have you heard someone say, “Wow! Where has the time gone?”  Maybe it was after a great evening with friends or when you watched your child graduate from high school or turned 50 (like me…)?

As November kicks off and I look back over another summer that has come and gone, I find myself asking this question once again.

Your time...whatever your perception of it is, whether dragging along (like my son in school right now) or flying by (like I feel at 51) is your life.  Your time IS your life.

Although we cannot control the speed at which life approaches, we CAN control our intentionality to be fully present in each moment.

I had a conversation with a very close friend this past week who longs to be able to have more time with her grandchildren.  She felt frustrated that her time with them never seemed enough.  I could tell that she was feeling a sense of lost opportunity and regret.  I told her, “The reality is you have very little control (because of your unique circumstances in life) over how much time you have with them, but you have total control over making the most of the moments you do have.  Just embrace those moments.  Let your heart be completely open.  Be fully present.  Make these moments as intentional as you can and be grateful for every interaction you have with them, even if they are brief.”

There is a life to be lived in each present moment.  

Tolstoy said it best in his short story called "Three Questions." He said, “Remember then: there is only one time that is important. Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power.”  

If being present in each moment is of utmost importance -- how will you find significance in each moment today