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On seeing the hourglass half full.

04-21-2011

I love this video by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. I hope you'll take five minutes to watch it. But just in case, here's a little excerpt:

"If one is fortunate enough to live 80 years, that is 29,200 days on the planet. Weird to think, isn't it?

Playing that out, how many more times then, really, do I get to look at a tree? 12,395? There has to be an exact number: Let's just say it's 12,395. Absolutely, that's a lot, but it's not infinite, and I'm thinking anything less than infinite is too small a number and not satisfactory. At the very least, I want to look at trees a million more times.

Also, I would like to stare at my kids a million more times. Make that a million trillion; I could run my hand across their sweaty foreheads while they sleep a million trillion more times easy.

I wonder:
How many more times do I get to cut an apple?
How many more times will I put on my coat?
Kiss my mother?

How many more times do I get to quiz my daughter on her spelling words while I make the salad?"

I don't know about you, but when I watched this video, it made me want to truly LIVE every moment of my life. To be present. To create connection with the people and things I love. Let me know what you think!

Thank you to Amy Krouse Rosenthal for her permission to use this "v'essay (video + essay = v'essay) about midlife that original appeared in Oprah Magazine." Follow Amy's YouTube channel or keep visiting her website for more amazing, inspirational, and life affirming videos — and other great stuff! Amy is author of "Encyclopedia of an Ordinary LIfe." If you haven't read it, I highly suggest it!

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