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  1. V

    I’m starting to be mindful as I navigate life with my anxiety and depression. I feel myself noticing things and adding to my knowledge when I’m not stuck in the past or anxious about the future. Whatever I am and have been has contributed to who I am now and I’m very grateful for all my experiences. I know I will look back and feel proud of myself for battling through some difficult phases when my mind wasn’t feeling it’s best. Life is pretty cool.

    3 years ago
  2. Malag

    Mostly yes except when life knocks me sideways. The most useful tools in the box are morning ritual and mindfulness. The former (breathing, stretching, meditation, making tea etc) helps me anchor to the day. The latter allows me to appreciate what is going on. So rather than walking through life as a mindless zombie I have, over time, started to shed the zombie state and wake up to what I can cherish. 

    3 years ago
  3. P

    Q: Are you cherishing life’s journey? How?
    Ans: I definitely am cherishing life’s journey. I do lack in this field because I think about the end goal more than focussing on now. But I love my family and friends and I love to spend time with them. In those moments, I feel the most grateful and happy and in the present moment trying to be fully present and enjoy the moment because its so precious and time is limited. I always live life on my own terms and do what I want to do so that automatically makes me love my life and all the things I do. When I analyse my life, I am extremely happy about the path is it taking. When I think about the past, it has taught me that it is only about the journey because once we reach the finish line, it’s the end of that thing, so then u can only cherish the memories, but that particular thing is over and done with! So it’s really the journey that matters.

    sometimes, we are so caught up in our busy lives and I think about a poem I learned in 4th grade:

    Leisure by William Henry Davies

    What is this life if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare.

    No time to stand beneath the boughs
    And stare as long as sheep or cows.

    No time to see, when woods we pass,
    Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

    No time to see, in broad daylight,
    Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

    No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
    And watch her feet, how they can dance.

    No time to wait till her mouth can
    Enrich that smile her eyes began.

    A poor life this if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare.

    Life is soooooo beautiful, we just gotta take out some time to stand and stare 🙂

    3 years ago
  4. Dusty Su

    By showing up for it as fully as I can.

    3 years ago
  5. B

    Trying to “be here now” — enjoying the “third act” of my life since retiring. Perhaps the best and most surprising aspect is my role as a grandfather.

    3 years ago
  6. Antoinette

    I’m cherishing life’s journey by going with the flow and letting go.

    3 years ago
  7. Don Jones

    My focus is on my unique self expression and deep questioning of the “why” behind how I am showing up each day. I hadn’t thought about it in terms of cherishing. Perhaps more about being true – and I cherish the Truth.

    3 years ago
  8. d

    Not sure. I keep hearing people say they were born for this time but honestly i’m not feeling it. I’ve always felt to fragile for this life and that it was too harsh. There are some things that have come up that do give me a reason to celebrate—the invention of a new economic system and other break away ideas that i’ve recently learned about.

    3 years ago
  9. Holly in Ohio

    I could do better, sometimes, at cherishing life’s journey. My answer this morning is probably colored by the fact I have not slept well this week, I caught up on some sleep this morning and got up late, and now have a case of the I-don’t-wannas. But I suppose this is a part of life, too. I could accept that we all have hills and valleys, big and small, times we are energetic and times we are not, and rather than feel badly that I didn’t make use of my morning, I could cherish it as time to nurture my needs and look out the window at the light rain. I have my coffee, I’ve fed the cat and helped my son clean a dorm fridge he was selling, and now I’m about to make my bed. Maybe I will just “putter around” today and nurture my needs.

    I hope everyone has a wonderful day today. I think of people here often in my day, when I’m gardening, or whatever. It is very nice to have this community.

    3 years ago
  10. L

    No. I feel like I’m too caught up in and consumed by a job I dislike. I’m trying hard to focus and pay off my debts so I can move on to focusing on the things I enjoy. I made the decision not to have children. Now I need to focus my time on pursuing my interests and passions more fully. And also discover what exactly those are.

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      hi Lauryn,
      Once when I had a job I really loathed, my dad suggested to me to, “go out on a high note.” He suggested that while I looked for a better job, that I tried to do the very best job at the one I had, with a plan that I might only be there about three months and I’d like a good recommendation. Surprisingly, it worked to make the job not awful, too. When I threw myself into my current job with gusto, things shifted, work attitudes and relationships shifted, and it wasn’t a horrible job anymore. It took a bit of time, but it did work, and I felt better about myself, too… like I was better than that job and had integrity. Anyway, just a thought… if you are stuck there for now anyway, might make the most of it. And good luck paying off debts quickly and finding a new situation! 🙂

      3 years ago
  11. Carol

    “Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men. Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost, because men are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the soil of freedom, spontaneity and love.” Thomas Merton

    3 years ago
    1. sparrow

      dear Carol . . .
      something from Thomas Merton I have not heard before.

      3 years ago
    2. W

      Lesson learned….
      Thanks Carol.

      3 years ago
    3. Holly in Ohio

      Thank you, Carol.

      3 years ago
  12. John Tamminga

    In a way, I cherish my journey by trying to live more fully and not go around it. This can be very challenging at times but I want to learn the lessons of life.

    3 years ago
  13. sunnypatti48317

    I am! I wake up and thank God for another day. I try to stay present in all that I do and all whom I interact with. I take time to appreciate all of my blessings and all of the beauty in nature and in the people in my life. And I also have as much fun as I can!

    3 years ago
  14. Chester

    By living each day with intent; practicing gratitude in community; appreciating the vital importance of others’ life journeys; cultivating my body, mind, and spirit to maximally engage and be present in this journey; and to be willing to continue walking through all circumstances, in order to continue the journey.

    3 years ago
  15. Katrina

    As always, this question is better after I have read the response of others and have reflected on the various ways they have interpreted both the question and their responses. I am tempted, on many days, to live life as an observer or spectator – to watch it and appreciate it a cherish it from that point of view. Life, in general, is a gift to be cherished on a grand scale, and not to be wasted or left unappreciated. However, as a participant of life and in particular as the engineer of my life, God, notwithstanding, it comes and goes. It’s not about the ups and downs, the pains and sorrows. It’s about what I leave unsaid, unattended, undone, uncared for, unchampioned. In that regard, I am not cherishing life’s journey in the way I could.

    3 years ago
  16. DeVonna

    By embracing my life experiences, both good and bad. They’ve made me who I am and brought me to where I’m at. I haven’t always loved life, but I’ve come appreciate it.

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      You would not be you without all of your experiences, and you are a treasure.

      3 years ago
  17. sparrow

    I am learning daily,
    to be more present to my life . . .
    when I do this
    I don’t feel like my life is passing me by . . .
    I am participating.

    3 years ago
  18. SK

    Absolutely. Life offered me an invitation, as it does every day, and I always RSVP. I don’t want to miss a thing- not one smell, sight, experience. even if it’s not what I expected I still cherish what is and what was and definitely what is to be. I love the idea of the road less travelled (thank you Robert Frost) and what’s around the next bend.

    3 years ago
  19. Trish

    Most days I do a pretty good job of cherishing all the beauty in my life & the world. It’s the “rough spots” that I sometimes find hard to embrace. I’m aware of it & working on it!

    3 years ago
  20. Howie Geib

    I think my writing is a direct way I cherish this journey. It brings observation to the foreground of my experience and the act of expression, of searching for the words, engages in a way that seems to enhance my participation with the details and deepens my awareness of my own internal process. That I also include this activity (art) with a discipline and rigor in almost all areas of my life indicates an eagerness and a reluctance to risk missing anything!

    3 years ago
  21. Kevin

    I have two modes of responses to today’s question: Personally, I do cherish life’s journey, but not every day and at every moment. A cherished life can also have times when life hurts and is hard, in and among the better moments. A life working with others has taught me this, including living my own life and managing chronic pain.

    Secondly, today’s question, in my view at least, seems to contain a hidden “should.” Meaning, I “should” be cherishing life’s journey, and with that comes a certain judgement born of privilege and class. I would never ask a person to answer such a question, not until I had sat with them and heard their whole story, where pain, struggle, and perseverance also lives.

    3 years ago
    1. Carol

      Kevin, Your words strike home…a reminder of “the shackles of should.”

      3 years ago
      1. Mica

        Thanks, Carol – or, ‘Don’t Should on yourself!’

        3 years ago
  22. Michele

    Life has its ups and downs. One day at a time, focusing on the present. Staying grateful.

    3 years ago
  23. Christine

    Despite grief, yes, and the love of my life is traveling with me in my heart. Closer than ever. When I see beauty I can enjoy this beauty with him. As if we look together. It is love, harmony and beauty that I cherish the most, and so many love, harmony and beauty there is on earth, on my life’s journey. 💞

    3 years ago
    1. Kevin

      And there is gentle harmony in your words, too, Christine. Thank you.

      3 years ago

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