I read this short interview from "O" Magazine with actress Julianna Margulies (from 11/09). This is what she said and her words are speaking to me very strongly. So I am passing them along here.
"...I say to myself at least once a day: This is just a moment; it's not the rest of your life. I say it to my niece, who's 19 and isn't sure that she wants to do with her life; when she's 30, she'll wish she had just enjoyed being 19. I tell it to my friends who are having babies. I say, "Enjoy all of it, even the stressful things, because you'll never have that time with them again." What people say is true: You SHOULD live in the present. Instead of making difficult times hard, make them loving. Knowing that this is just one moment, whatever kind of moment it is, is a more peaceful way to live."
The words that really got to me were: "Instead of making difficult times hard, make them loving." Maybe I would revise hard to harder.
My new mantra: I will try to be loving and focus on love, even through these difficult times because they are just a moment, not the rest of my life. And I so want to feel peace.
These next words appear in a little box within the text of the interview. They also speak to me.
"All moments pass quickly - the good ones as well as the bad. So enjoy all of it."
Food for thought for us all as we end a year that I know brought challenges to many and on the eve of 2010.