This One Lifetime

Living in the moment can seem idealistic, an idyll.  It seems impossible and irresponsible for what of all the days to come?

Eberhard Arnold says it’s a “burden” to look too far ahead–“each day is a lifetime.”

I agree.

When I think of living in the moment, I think of the day I have and not much beyond for that is neither guaranteed nor owed me.

And what will I do with this one lifetime?


Within the frame of a day everything seems possible. I give my all and why not? This is my moment, my lifetime. I immerse myself in what I am given, grateful for experiencing existence.

Every day you may have broken

down in guilt and failure.

Every day may have shown you

your helplessness a thousandfold.

Yet each new day brings

new sun, new air, and new grace.

(Eberhard Arnold)

I no longer consider a day as good or bad, dark or light. Mindfulness is my label.

Grace does not take up much space, a sliver of light is sufficient. Sometimes, that is all the sun I know. Yet, I live and breathe, the very essence of joy.

It is my lifetime, my moment, this experience of existing.

Thank you to Caroline Johnson for today’s moment of equanimity via Eberhard Arnold.

Aim for Even posts offer equanimity a dose at a time. No day or dose is ever the same, even if the aim is. You may read about the origins of Aim for Even here or on this site’s About page.

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