…as it is about going on and on and on. It is about muddling through the middle.” – Anna Quindlen
For this week’s quote we can thank American author, journalist, and opinion columnist Anna Quindlen. I’m sharing it because this week will be a week of endings for me; it will be a week of tying off loose ends, goodbyes, and final appeals. Much of this will be quite welcome, while some will in turn be bittersweet.
…But the thing that I can’t stop thinking about is how fast it all went and how much I didn’t appreciate the good parts while I was in them; and this lack of appreciation wasn’t a product of a willful ungratefulness on my part – I just didn’t realize those good moments were what they were until well after they passed.
The thing I’m trying to get at here is that… everyone has down times and better times – failures and successes. But much of life is lived in the middle of both extremes. We don’t spend too much time steeped in either crushing failures or riding soaring highs of euphoria.
Instead, most of the time we’re somewhere in between.
With this fact in mind, this week I would encourage you to appreciate each moment for what it is and what it can add to your life, for you will never be there again. As such, leave nothing of meaning unsaid, and nothing of worth undone. Move forward in your actions with clarity of purpose, and appreciate that regardless of what happens as you live this way that it represents just one moment in time.
Much better – and worse – things are on the horizon. Let them come, but in the interim experience everything in between as richly as you can.