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Fannie Moore: Here are a few thoughts on life and living it to its fullest

As the years pass by, sometimes we think too quickly, we may tend to contemplate some truths we have heard along the way.

We may ponder on the truths, or speculations, and try to come to some conclusions that make each day easier, or more bearable. One of my clippings I have saved through the years contains thoughts by Marriage and Family therapist David McMillan. He included these in his Strategies for Living, aired several years ago. (These were his statements, but comments added were mine.)

 We might give them some thought and reach a conclusion for ourselves. Perhaps these will resonate and get one to thinking.

 * We cannot avoid death, but somehow we have discovered how to avoid life.

Do you find yourself avoiding doing the things that would make your life more meaningful? Do you come to the end of a day and can’t remember what you have accomplished that day? Did you talk to a friend, send a card to a sick friend, or make a long-needed phone call? Did we avoid living that day?

* The only path to happiness is a life of purpose and meaning, 

Did our hours have purpose and meaning today? Can you name one thing that meant something to you or someone you know and love?  

   * There is never enough money for all that we desire, but there are ample funds for all that we require. 

How many of you were window shopping, wanting to buy that new item that caught your eye, but hesitated because the utilities had not yet been paid this month? Were you admiring your neighbor’s new car and wishing you had a new one? Perhaps not, but most likely you sat down to a good meal for which you had ample funds to provide.

*In every moment we are either living or dying, there is nothing in between.

 What were you doing today?    

*Money has the potential to destroy lives, incite war and distract us from what is most important in life.

People may wrongly quote “money is the root of all evil”, while it should be “the love of money is the root of all evil”. 

What are our feelings about money? Do we believe we have ample for the things we need, or are we always reaching for a little more?

Perhaps we should take the time to analyze our feelings as to whether we have enough. When you come to the end of the day, do you feel you have been deprived of something or do you feel content and happy about how your day has gone?

McMillian sums it all up with this * In the end, it is the quality of our life and not the quantity.

So let’s make every day count.

Fannie Moore lives in Shongaloo.