Originally posted on Facebook HERE

Another beautiful morning in Wisconsin. Today is the first post of the fifth year I’ve been writing weekly “looking out my back window” posts. Where did the time go? The older you get, the faster it moves. Right now, every day blows by for me. It’s almost like as soon as I wake up, it’s time for bed. If time really does fly when you’re having fun I guess I’m having a blast then, right? I can’t remember the last time I was ever “bored”… so today as I look out the window I’m contemplating life itself as I usually do, and aging. And what it takes for us to be truly happy. In the United States I think most people accumulate stuff over time. Some of that stuff we might not use or look at very often, yet we keep it around because when we do find it in the back of the closet or in a box in the basement, whatever it is strikes a chord within us. Old photos. Cards and letters from years ago. Comic books you read as a kid. They can take your mind right back to that special time in your life. I love reminiscing. What we need to keep in mind is this – today will be tomorrow’s great memory. Sometimes I look at an old photo and think – man, I looked great back then. But if I could get in my head and see what I thought about how I looked the day the photo was taken I’m betting I wasn’t very happy with where I was at at all. Because I very seldom am. I always think I could do better or try harder or accomplish more than I do. So when I think about how to go about today in terms of what today will look like when I see it in the future looking back I realize this… today is all I have. This moment is everything. Maybe I could cut myself some slack. The past will not and does not create my future. The future is a blank, unwritten slate and I can do anything I want to do with it. Whatever that may be it all hinges on now. Now… and it’s gone. Now… the only moment we can control. I love the way my life has unfolded so far. Looking back, remembering it all – very enjoyable for me. I love where my life is at. If it ends tomorrow, I leave a lot behind – books, music, memories… and if I’m able to keep going for a few more years, well… I’ll go where my thoughts and beliefs will take me. I just know that in five more years, I’ll look back and think – wow, those five years just BLEW by. Because whatever I do, I’ll make every moment count. It’s the only way to live. We don’t have the time to do it any other way…

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