Be Mindful of the Moment


Neil Harding McAlister




The here and now is all we hold through times of joy and sorrow.

We may watch fulsome years unfold -- or may not see tomorrow.

Be mindful of the moment. Pay attention to each one.

The past has fled beyond our grasp, the futureís yet to come.


There is no way to measure what ensuing days might bring,

So seize the utmost pleasure found in every daily thing.

The road of life is far too short: no need to travel fast.

Investigate the wonders that lie strewn along the path.


The tender leaves on springtime trees, rough pebbles on the ground,

The snowflakes drifting on the breeze that fall without a sound,    

Are all unique and precious, if we take the time to see.                

No two have been identical in all eternity.


Is this not true of people too? Be mindful, then, of each.

Both strangers and those close to you have useful things to teach.

The two of us part richer if we pass the time of day,

And donít just brush each other off, then hurry on our way.


Preoccupied by urgent schemes of business, love or power,

By gambling on our future dreams, we lose the present hour.

A life is forged of moments linked together like a chain.

Live each in full -- for down this road we shall not pass again.




© NHMcA, 5 February, 2004

All rights reserved.

Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada