Make Every Second Count

One second can be powerful. It can be magical, like snapping just the right photo that reveals the true feeling of the moment, or it can be terrifying.

Maybe you’ve escaped harm because you decided at the last minute to linger at the curb just as a car drove through a red light. Seconds can change your life. One minute everything is going just fine; the next, a situation happens, and your day changes course. Depending on the severity of the incident, your whole life could dramatically change.

Last week, I experienced a moment that changed the course of my day. I was waiting to pull out of the Ralph’s parking lot onto Pacific Coast Highway and Calle Mayor in Torrance when I was rear-ended. My car was pushed onto PCH. The accident happened at a busy time of day — lunch hour — and on a busy street. Thank goodness no one was harmed. During the few seconds of the accident, the oncoming traffic had briefly ceased. I consider myself very lucky, and I realized how lucky everyone was.

Moments like these can put things into perspective. I was grateful no one was harmed. Life is short, and time passes fast. We only have so much time. How we choose to spend our time is up to us.

Many of us would say that living a quality life is a value that we think about but often forget to live by.  We wish we would have taken that photo of the perfect moment or that we’d take more photos more often — not only at special events and holidays. Maybe you have wished that you had shared more time with family or friends or that you had taken better care of your health.

If you feel there is something you would like to change, a new activity you’d like to try or just something you feel you really need to do, stop hesitating and remember there is never a guarantee of another second.

Here are a few tips that may help you live a life with no regrets.

Be conscious of your words. Never intentionally hurt someone’s feelings, and if you think you have, make amends, especially with those you are most close to.

Show appreciation for someone who’s been a mentor or a positive influence in your life. If you’ve thought about reaching out and thanking this person and still haven’t done so, now is the time. This will allow that someone to embrace your appreciative message sooner rather than later.

Be thoughtful. Help someone by offering to give him or her a lift to the airport, or run an errand for a sick friend. Often the good intentions are there, but we forget to follow through.

Value your relationships. Make them a priority and spend quality time together. You may have wished you had spent more time with a friend or family member.

Create a list of things you want to do. You know, those things you’ve mentioned you intend to do before you die? Do them. If money is needed for some of them, begin a plan to make that goal happen.

Practice self-care. Take the best care of you. Your health and wellbeing are a big part of living a quality life. I try to get outside every day for a run or walk along Esplanade.

Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. Choose to let some things go. Creating a positive resolution is more important than trying to prove you are right.

It isn’t necessary to wait until someone may be facing impending death or to wait for a “better time” to do those things you always wanted to do.

Don’t let the opportunity get lost. Seize the magic of the moment; realize how sacred time is.  You deserve your life. It’s time to live it, be grateful for it, and enjoy it!

Find more inspiration in my Uber Empowerment Books. Get a sneak peek at some of my Uber Empowering Quotes in this video and you will find more empowerment quotes in my books.

Coaching: nancyhovde@gmail.com  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Hovde/114122028622994

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2 Responses to “Make Every Second Count”

  1. March 2016 Responding Mindfully | Uber Empowerment Says:

    […] Choosing to reflect on responding instead of immediately reacting can help eliminate regrets. Read here for more tips on living life with no regrets. […]

  2. Jeanne Peloquin Says:

    So sorry to hear about the accident Nancy. So glad you are okay!! Love this article and I am going to print it out and share it with family & friends. Your inspiration seems to come at the perfect time! Thank you so much Nancy! You indeed inspire me! Have a great day!
    Jeanne P. ; )

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