Have you ever seen a cherry blossom tree? Whether in person or in photo? It’s a beautiful, pink-flowering tree. In its native land of Japan, they call it Sakura. In Japanese culture, the cherry blossom tree symbolizes the fragility and beauty of life. The cherry blossom has a short life,blooming beautifully for couple weeks before suddenly dying. Oh, a sweet yet short life. A reminder of the cycle of life. A reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that is also tragically ephemeral.
Look into my eyes, what do you see? Love? Innocence? Passion? Strength? Happiness? Do you see you? Do you see LIFE?
Life can sometimes be overwhelming with endless questions drowning our senses and no answers in sight. Sometimes, it can feel as though we are forever spinning. Why can’t you achieve that goal you set for yourself a few months back? Why is it that the person you loved so much hurt you so badly? Why are you still struggling financially even though you work long hours? Why do you feel so unattractive even though you know you are unique? Then for a second you stop and forget all about Now. You flee the now, so you get lost. You get lost in your past. You wonder what went wrong?
When you are tired of roaming the streets of the past, then you flee to the future. You start planning things that you can only imagine. Yes, tomorrow I will start that project. Yes, tomorrow I will go running. Yes, tomorrow I will do that one thing that I just won’t do today. Yes, tomorrow when I have a lot of money I will be happier and I will fix all my low self-esteem issues. But then tomorrow comes, nothing. You do the same thing again. The cycle is never ending and you know deep down you will never find the fulfillment you long for.
Stop, take a long deep breath, close your eyes and focus on the sound of your heartbeat.
It is at that moment – that very transient moment – that you must realize that instead of worrying about yesterday (which will never happen again) and tomorrow (which may never come), you must worry about today. Now is the only Now you have. You must go running now, you must start that project now, you must get help now, you must stop comparing yourself to others now, because yesterday was the Now you neglected and Tomorrow will be the Now you forgot to envision.
Smile, Laugh and Be free because you can’t change yesterday and you do not know what tomorrow will bring. But you have not, and it is the Now that you must cultivate.