By Charles


They say, “Good things come to those who wait.”

They say, “Patience is a virtue.”

They say, “Haste makes waste,” and tell you to “Stop and smell the roses.”

Breathe in. Let the world fill you with life and possibility. The possibility of a new start. The chance to begin again. The opportunity to embrace the opportunity.

Breathe out. Exhale doubt. Exhale recrimination. Exhale self-pity at a life wasted. Life is not waste. Life is a chance, and today you can grasp it.

Or tomorrow.

Or the next day.

Or the next.

Because that’s the thing I find with life. Opportunity comes and goes, and we make choices, and we have choices made for us. Waves of life; sometimes cresting at a height so awesome and terrifying that you want to run, sometimes out so far you strain to hear their lapping on smooth sand and wonder if they will ever return.

And they will.

Plant your garden.

Live your life.

Embrace your bliss.

Love those around you.