Several years ago I had the television on, but I wasn’t watching it. I find that I do that fairly often. I tend to think I’ll watch it, but I find myself doing other things, like laundry, cleaning, making dinner, or something along those lines. Anyway, on this particular day (several years ago) I was walking through the house on my way back from hanging clothes outside to dry and I heard Eddie Murphy’s voice. I had no idea what movie was on (I found later that it was “Holy Man”), but what I heard really caught my attention and I stopped to listen. I’ve never seen the movie and have no idea what it’s about, but I think this is one of the most interesting things I’ve ever heard in a movie and I want to share it with you.
“Seventy-five years. That’s how much time you get if you’re lucky. Seventy-five years. Seventy-five Winters. Seventy-five Springtimes. Seventy-five Summers. And Seventy-five Autumns. When you look at it like that, it’s not a lot of time, is it? Don’t waste them. Get your head out of the rat race and forget about the superficial things that pre-occupy your existence and get back to what’s important now. Right Now. This very second. And I’m not saying, drop everything and let the world come to a grinding halt. I’m saying that you could become a seeker. You could be loving more. You could be taking some chances. You could be living more. You could be spending more time with your family. You could be getting in touch with the part of you that lives instead of fears; the part of you that loves instead of hates; the part of you that recognizes the humanity in all of us. And I tell you, That’s where you’re fortunate.”