Sometimes it is the echoes of glory from a past triumph
or the echoes of laughter and tears from good days that went by all to quickly.
While other times, it is the echoes of what might have been -
the what-ifs in life that lead to the very cusp of insanity.
Still other times, it is the echoes of tragedy -
those instances when everything is still so real that it takes your breath away
even months and years later.
We all have echoes - the left-over bits and pieces of moments from our life that can be haunting. I think these snippets or echoes are always with us, but most often it is some outside stimulant that forces retrospection. The smell of new crayons, the feel of a summer breeze, 90's music on the local radio station are just such stimulants for me!
These moments of nostalgia or regret bring me to one simple conclusion - it is not just what you do that matters but how you do what do that is of equal importance. I have been reminded lately that this life is much too short and moments much too precious to do anything half-heartedly or to live without integrity. How you live matters. What you do with your given amount of time matters. Do not for one second think that how you live only affects you - there are people out there waiting for you to get off the bench and into the game. But to get into the game, you first must let go of those echoes - even those that build the ego. Nothing we undertake will neither change the past nor bring it back. It is time to make new echoes - to scream at the top of your lungs, to finally join that gym, train for that 5k, go back to school, make new friends, or start a new career.
Those people waiting for you to get in the game deserve the best you not some stand-in on auto-pilot. Today - this instant - is all you are given so decide to make the effort now!