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Right now.

I’m excited and nervous and ready to be there.

But I’m here. Now.

I will run my first Spartan Race tomorrow morning so I’m full of anticipation.

The best thing I can do now is to be all here right now and enjoy it.

Take it in. The excitement and the anticipation of the race. The wondering if I’m prepared. The uneasiness in my stomach. All of it.

That’s all we can do with now. Be here. Be in it and all in it.

I can’t be there yet so I will be fully present here now.

But how many times do I let now pass me by….waiting for tonight or tomorrow or next year….or even worse regretting yesterday or last week or 5 years ago.

And I miss it. The moment.

Now.

It’s gone.

We all have now. Right now. And all of the nows together will make our lives. And each one of them is unique….there’s not another one like it.

The average life will have over 2,200,000,000 of those. That seems plenty until you’ve already experienced over half of them.

I don’t want to miss them.

I’m going to treasure all the moments I get…….every now I can.

The ones when one of my children makes me laugh. The ones I get when driving to work and a favorite song comes on. A beautiful sunrise, a great cup of coffee, a vivid dream.

The ones when I’ve learned or tried something new. The ones when I find out I can do more than I thought I could.

The sweet ones when my husband pulls me tight and hugs me longer.

The late night talks with my children, the early morning ones too. The talk with the neighbor because we were working in our yards at the same time.

The ones when I understand something or find something I thought was lost.

The victorious one when I cross the finish line tomorrow will be a very special moment but the drive to the hotel tonight will have some good ones too.

But right now…….

I’m going to savor the “I can hardly wait” feeling.

“So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 ESV

 

In response to the Daily Post’s Discover Challenge Here and Now.

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    One of your best…again! Thanks for the reminder. “Do not act as though you had a thousand years to live.” Marcus Aurelius

    • mariegriffith on August 20, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      And NOW I am enjoying the awesome feeling of having finished my first Spartan Race.

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  4. Grace @ Cultural Life on August 21, 2016 at 8:44 am

    I hope the race went well! ?

    • mariegriffith on August 21, 2016 at 8:58 am

      It was great!! Thank you. I enjoyed every moment….even the really hard ones….like when I was hit in the face with a muddy rope or my calf muscle was shocked into one of the worst cramps ever from the cold water mud dunk obstacle. I took it all in!!

      • Grace @ Cultural Life on August 21, 2016 at 10:04 am

        Ouch! Muscle cramps are painful, and being hit in the face sounds painful too. But I’m glad you had a great time, despite those challenges!

  5. Joy Waters Martin on August 22, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Perfect! … a very good word for me. Thanks!

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