Have you ever thought about the power of NOW in your life?
This weekend I was at my favorite bookstore, The Blue Bunny in Dedham, MA for an event celebrating International Dot Day. High up on a shelf, I saw a book display and one book stood out to me from the rest. Its read lettered title Now and cover with one eye peeking from behind a leaf, made me curious and eager to hold the book in my hands. Since it was too high for me to reach, I asked my mum to get it down for me.
As soon as it was in my hands, it was like the book hummed its message into my heart. Thank you Antoinette Portis for giving the world these words.
I’ve learned A LOT of things this year from my LivBit work. One of the most important lessons is about appreciating people who matter. I’m lucky because there are so many people who have helped make my LivBit work successful. Some of those people, like my mum, I see a lot, but others, like my Taiwan teacher, Pana live super far away, and I don’t get to see them very often.
But, here’s the thing, when you understand time a little better, you realize it’s super important to let people know how important they are to you. In an earlier blog post #HeartFamily (http://www.thelivbits.com/blog/previous/2), I talked about how I sent someone I loved #hearttags every morning. My #hearttags were words I hoped would make her heartbeep. I did this for weeks because I wanted to show her how much I cared about her. I’m not sure if those words really mattered to her, she never really said, but I know that doing those #hearttags helped my heart understand NOW a little better.
One of the things I did at the beginning of this year was write poems. I am not really a poet though, so they were sort of sad and rambling. I wrote them as a way to work through something that was super hard for my brain to understand and sometimes words make me feel better. I didn’t write any poems that were spectacular, but there was one part of a poem I still think about. The poem was called “Your Somebody.”
I’m not a decade
but I know,
you can rush to your
and not find
You can swim in
an ocean of words
and still not find
You can stand on
the shoulders of others
and still be blind to
The point of my poem was to remind people to appreciate others. If you are very lucky, you have people in your family who believe in you, but if you are INCREDIBLY lucky, you have people OUTSIDE of your family who believe in you. Lots of time people say, “Liv, how do you know these things? You’re only 10.” Well, that’s sort of like saying kids can’t have wisdom.
I know about the power of NOW because I understand how to love people. I know love is important. I know people are important. And, it really is that simple.
So, I wish you LOTS of NOW. I wish you moments that make your heartbeep. I wish you people that make you feel special and important. I hope that today you find someone who needs love and you give it to them.
I know the power of yet is super popular right now, but I wish you the power of NOW. Take a minute to step away from being busy and appreciate the people around you. Take a minute and send a text, write a comment, give a hug. Just do it. It will make right NOW so much sweeter.
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