The Never-Ending Now

In preparation for seeing Bruce Springsteen this coming Saturday, of course we've upped the consumption of Bruce-related music and video content.

Watching The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town last night, there were some lovely insights. He speaks about how rock music exists simply to remind of us of the "never-ending now" and how that's all there is in life. It all exists in this very moment.

It was such a poignant point, and funny enough, it's very topical because in front of my keyboard is a scribbled-on-the-back-of-a-library-receipt quote from The Power of Now, which I have been reading on and off for a couple years now. (Ok, it really shouldn't take me that long but a woman of great wisdom said that it's one you really need to be ready to read and if I'm not inclined to speed through it, to just pick it up when I am so inclined rather than force it and miss the messages.)

inspiration by assistia

We all need reminders that encourage us to choose the things we want in our lives. Whether it's business or personal. People, places or things. It is a life that we only get to live once and to put off your wants and needs (I'm not even going to say dreams because that allows people to pretend they are imaginary and too-far-to-reach) will only serve to crush your soul in the long run. What's the point of that? Putting yourself and your life last on your list isn't healthy.

I had a meeting last week with potential clients for The Desire Map workshop (we are looking at running it in their organisation for staff as well as their clients) and in our discussions, one woman shared these five regrets of the dying, from Bronnie Ware, a corporate professional turned palliative care nurse:

5- I wish I'd let myself be happier

4- I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends

3- I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings

2- I wish I didn't work so hard

1- I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

Whew. That's a lot of wishing. It reminds me of a related video I came across some time ago about regrets. Most things that people regret are things they didn't do or didn't say (which the work too hard one above can kind of be turned into not spending enough time with friends, family, doing hobbies, etc...)

I completely connect with the phrase "The Never-Ending Now" and love how there's so much more to music than just a good beat and some catchy lyrics. Especially when it comes to Bruce Springsteen. He described this beautiful concept about his live shows - how there's nothing there when it starts. It's just people gathered together and once they start playing, it's about creating an experience that brings everyone together and is shared and unique, and can't be taken away.

No wonder his shows are so incredible (yep, this will be the second - and hopefully not last - time we see him live.)

I just wanted to serve as one more "life is too short" reminder for you readers. We can all lose track so easily, we need to be brought back. Just like meditation, there's no berating yourself about it, just keep bringing your attention back to your breath no matter how long your attention wandered.

Bring your attention back to your life. Make it what you want it to be.