Living in vain…

“The Poetry of Emily Dickinson”  is one of my favourite holiday season reads (thanks to my son who bought it recently). So many beautiful verses in this gem of a book. I was really moved by this verse, I just finished reading:

If I can stop one heart from breaking,

I shall not live in vain;

If I can ease one life the aching,

Or cool one pain,

Or help one fainting robin

Unto his nest again,

I shall not live in vain.

Emily Dickson’s sentiments are reflected in one of Dalai Lama’s latest tweets:

“Within each of us exists the potential to contribute positively to society. Although one individual among so many on this planet may seem too insignificant, it is our personal efforts that will determine the direction our society is heading.”

Living a life with purpose means different things to different people…at the end of the day, I think it is all about lifting others up, when they are down and taking the time to appreciate life and express gratitude.

This moment…

I love the beautiful words of Omar Khayyam, “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” I wake up each day and get on with my life. When I reflect on my day, I often wonder if I have been present and happy in the many moments that add up to make the life I am blessed with. ‘Am I living or simply existing? How would I really know?