13 Timeless Principles For Embracing The Magic Of NOW

Do not dwell on the past; do not dream of the future; concentrate the mind on the present moment. Today let’s explore how life can unfold magically and effortlessly.

We stop forcing things and start living in tune with a natural flow of the universe. This is a practical approach to life that encourages us to live fully in the present and embrace the peace that comes from within whether you’re looking to reduce stress, enhance your awareness or simply find more joy in the every day timeless teachings of universal truth.

The following 13 principles will help transform your approach to life and your business, making every moment richer and every action more meaningful.

1) Understanding impermanence: Impermanence stands as a fundamental truth, and it’s the acknowledgment that everything in life is transient and constantly shifting and changing. From the fleeting beauty of a cherry blossom to the ever-changing seasons, impermanence surrounds us. By embracing impermanence rather than resisting it, instead of clinging to what is passing or trying to force permanence onto the impermanent, we are invited to flow with a natural rhythm of change.

This acceptance of impermanence is not resignation. It is liberation by understanding and accepting that nothing in life is permanent.

We can release the grip of attachment and find greater peace within ourselves. When we resist impermanence, we invite suffering into our lives. We can become trapped in a cycle of clinging to what we desire and recoiling from what we fear losing.

When we embrace impermanence, we open ourselves to the beauty of the present moment, and we learn to cherish each experience, knowing that it is won’t last forever. Accepting impermanence makes every moment precious, and we can let go of the need to control every aspect of our lives. Instead of trying to force things to stay the same we can surrender to the natural flow of existence.

This doesn’t mean we become passive or indifferent, rather it means we become more resilient, adaptable and openhearted. In essence, understanding impermanence is about recognizing the fleeting nature of life and finding peace in the midst of change. It’s about letting go of the illusion of permanence, and embracing the magic of the present moment.

By doing so, we can navigate life with greater ease and grace, knowing that every moment no matter how fleeting, is a gift to savor.

2) Cultivate mindfulness: Mindfulness is a simple, profound method of paying attention to the present moment without judgment or distraction. While mindfulness originated in Buddhism meditation practices, it has since become widely recognized as a beneficial practice for anyone seeking greater peace and clarity in their daily lives.

Mindfulness has been accepted into the mainstream American discussion for its ability to enhance mental and emotional well-being. Practicing mindfulness means being aware of your thoughts, emotions, sensations, and environment, in every moment.

This awareness helps you recognize the beauty and transient nature of each experience, allowing you to appreciate life as it unfolds without the need to control or force outcomes, by focusing on the here and now.

Mindfulness curbs the anxiety and stress that comes from fixing on past troubles or future uncertainties. The benefits of mindfulness are extensive. It improves focus, reduces stress, enhances emotional reactivity and promotes a greater sense of peace and contentment. When you’re mindful, you’re fully engaged with whatever you’re doing, whether you’re eating, walking, talking or working.

Mindfulness brings a quality of attention that can transform ordinary activities into moments of joy and connection. Moreover, mindfulness helps in accepting and navigating change, a key aspect of impermanence discussed previously. By being present, we are less likely to resist life and the inevitable shifts and more likely to respond with flexibility and Grace.

This acceptance further reduces the mental strain of trying to force situations to fit our expectations or fears. And practicing mindfulness, we learn not only to live more deeply, but also to let go of the struggles to make life conform to our desires.

This approach doesn’t mean we lose our drive or stop setting goals, instead we approach our aspirations with openness and willingness to adapt based on what the present moment requires. This balance of action and acceptance can lead to a more fulfilling and less forced life, fully aligned with the flow of our true existence.

3) The art of letting go: Revolves around releasing our attachments to outcomes, possessions, and even identities. At its core, letting go is an essential step towards achieving inner peace and allowing life to flow more naturally.

Attachments are like chains that bind us to our desires, fears and illusions. They compel us to manipulate our lives and environments in order to maintain or achieve control, often causing anxiety and suffering. This suffering arises because we were trying to impose our will, and idea of the permanence of life which is fighting a losing battle against the natural flow of change and evolution.

Letting go begins with the understanding that the attempt to control everything is futile and exhausting. We can embrace the uncertainty of life and accept things as they come, and as they are. When we let go of our script on how things should be, we open ourselves up to experiencing life without the heavy burden of constant expectation.

The process of letting go significantly reduce mental and emotional stress as it aligns us with the reality that everything is subject to change. Instead of resisting this truth, we accept and move with it.

This acceptance does not mean passivity or giving up on our goals. Rather it means approaching our goals with flexibility and readiness to adapt to changing circumstances.

Letting go teaches us to trust the journey, even when we do not control the direction. This depends on connecting with ourselves and the world around us with a sense of peace and contentment that is not easily shaken by live’s ups and down.

As we practice letting go we discover that life can be magical when we stop forcing it, and start living with an open heart.

4) The power of silence: The power of silence is often over overlooked, but it teaches us to treasure silence, not as an absence of noise, but as a profound presence that nourishes self-awareness and wisdom. Incorporating times of silence into our daily routine can have transformational effects on our mental and emotional well-being.

Silence provides a real rare opportunity for introspection and self connection.  When those moments are free from the distractions of constant noise and activity, we can listen to our own thoughts and feelings more clearly.

This practice of tuning into our inner selves helps us recognize our true needs, desires and emotions leading to a deeper understanding of who we are and what brings us contentment. This greatly enhances our mindfulness and concentration without external noise to pull our attention away. We can focus more deeply on the present moment whether we’re meditating, reading or simply resting. Silence deepens are engagement with the activity at hand and heightens are sensory experiences.

This heightened awareness can bring about a greater sense of peace and fulfillment. The benefits of embracing silence extend beyond personal insight. Silence has the power to recharge our mental batteries, reduce stress and cultivate a state of calm.

These silent spaces give a chance to rest, recover, and regenerate. The clarity that comes from such moments can improve our decision-making and solve problems, soften abilities, enabling us to handle daily challenges with more grace and less anxiety. Furthermore, in silence we often find the space to connect with deeper inner perspectives. Resting in silence can bring about sudden bursts of creativity and/or bring a solution to a lingering problem  or create an over arching sense of unity with the world around us. By making silence a part of our lives, we not only benefit our mental and emotional health, but also enhance our interaction with the world in a more thoughtful, common insightful manner. Embracing the power of silence is about more than just finding quiet. It’s about creating a sanctuary within ourselves, where the noise of the world is subdued, allowing our true essence and intuition to speak loudly.

5) Compassion and kindness: Compassion and kindness are central pillars in all religious traditions, guiding us how we should treat others. Our lives are enhanced  through the positive energies we share. Extending compassion to others isn’t just an altruistic act. It’s a transformative practice that enriches our own existence for a deeper connection to the world around us. When we practice compassion, we acknowledge the interconnection of all beings. This recognition helps us to see beyond ourselves and our immediate concerns. When we focus on the well-being of others, we extend compassion and diminish our own egos and the troubles that often accompany self-centered thinking.

This shift and perspective is not only liberating, but also grounding as it aligns us with the fundamental nature of existence that everyone is interconnected. Moreover, acts of kindness generate a profound sense of satisfaction and happiness. Research in positive psychology often highlights that helping others increases our own levels of happiness, and can  lead to a heighten state of mental and physical health, referred to as “helper high,”  an emotional state aroused from the act of giving. This state not only enhances mood, but also the body’s immune system, and overall well-being. The practice of compassion also open up to receiving kindness when we find that the world mirrors our actions and intentions by cultivating passionate heart energies into our lives.

Relationships and connections are enriched by mutual respect and caring. This is not why we practice kindness, of course, but it’s often a natural outcome.

Lastly, compassion and kindness expands experiences, particularly in times of conflict or distress. We can approach difficult situations with a compassionate mindset that can transform potential confrontations into opportunities for understanding and growth. This approach reduces personal stress and promotes peaceful environment, both internally, and in our external interactions, by interacting and integrating, compassion and kindness and our daily actions. We not only contribute to the welfare of others, but also cultivate a life of deep fulfillment and joy for ourselves. In this way, these practices are not just moral choices, but strategic ones that enhance our quality of life making each moment richer and more meaningful.


6) Accepting what is: Acceptance is a cornerstone of all universal philosophy, emphasizing the peace that comes, as we cease resisting reality and begin embracing the present as it unfolds. This principal teaches us to accept life and its entirety, it’s pleasures and its pains, it’s successes and its failures by accepting what is rather than insisting what should be. We open ourselves to experiencing life more fully with greater tranquility.

Resistance often arises from a desire to control outcomes or from a reluctance to experience discomfort. However, this resistance can lead to increase suffering as it keeps us mentally and emotionally entangled in situations we cannot change or influence. The energy spent wishing things were different is energy wasted, is energy that could be spent adapting, learning, and growing from our current circumstances. On the other hand, acceptance does not mean passivity or resignation. It means acknowledging the present moment for what it is without going over line with our fears, expectations or desires. This acceptance frees us from the burden of unnecessary struggle, allowing us to conserve our energy and use it in more productive positive ways. It fosters a sense of peace and contentment as we are no longer at war with reality. The peace that comes from acceptance is profound. It reduces anxiety, lowers stress, and provides a sense of stability even in chaotic times.

Acceptance helps us to live in harmony with the natural state of the world, adapting to changes as they come with flexibility and resilience. The state of peace is not temporary relief, but a deep and enduring tranquility that enhances our overall well-being. Furthermore, acceptance allows us to be more compassionate towards ourselves and others by our own flaws and the imperfections of life.

We cultivate a kind, empathetic approach to interactions with others. This enhances our relationships, riches and our connections to create a more supportive and understanding community around us. Embracing acceptance as a daily practice can transform the quality of our lives, making us more aware, more peaceful  and more capable of handling whatever life throws our way. It is the pathway to a serene life unshaken by the ups and downs that are inherent to the human experience.


7) Nonattachment to outcome. Nonattachment to outcome offers a liberating prospective on how we approach our goals and activities. It teaches us the art of doing our best while remaining detached from results, emphasizing process over product.

This approach not only reduces stress and anxiety, but also enhances the quality of our engagement with tasks at hand. In practical terms, nonattachment means putting forth our best efforts without being consumed by what those efforts will yield. This concept is not about abandoning ambition or not caring about outcome. It’s about not letting  outcome dictate our happiness or sense of self-worth. This is accomplished by  focusing on the action itself and finding fulfillment in our performance. We are able to enjoy the present moment more deeply, regardless of its future fruits. This shift and focus from results to actions allows us to experience a greater sense of control over our lives. While we cannot control outcomes due to the myriad  external factors influencing results, we can always control our efforts.

This realization brings a sense of peace and personal power as it aligns our success metrics more closely with our own actions and ethical conduct rather than unpredictable, external outcomes. Moreover when we detach from specific results, we open ourselves up to wider range of possibilities. Often narrow focus on desired outcomes can blind us to other opportunities that may arise during the process. Nonattachment fosters a flexibility and openness to new perspectives that might lead to even greater successes- perhaps successes that we had not anticipated or imagined.

The practice of nonattachment also enhances our resilience, by not pegging our emotional well-being to specific outcomes. We are less likely to feel devastated by perceived failures or setbacks. Instead, we view them as part of the natural flow of life experience by providing a way for future endeavors. This mindset is crucial for maintaining motivation and perseverance in the face of challenges. In essence, by  not attaching to outcome invites us to define our own vision for success. It encourages us to value the integrity and quality of actions. Transforming our work and endeavors into expressions of our deepest values and convictions, non- attachment encourages us to value and practice personal integrity to always be proud of. Transforming our work and endeavors into expressions of our deepest values and convictions not only enriches our personal and professional lives, but also contributes to a more ethically engaged, and spiritually filled society.


8) Finding joy in simple things: In the hustle and bustle of modern life, it’s easy to overlook the simple pleasures that surround us every day. By finding joy in the ordinary and cherishing the beauty of simplicity as a pathway to greater contentment, the practice of finding joy in simple things begins with cultivating mindfulness and awareness.

When we slow down and pay attention to the present moment, we start to notice the small wonders that often go unnoticed. The warmth of the sunlight streaming through a window or the sound of bird song in the morning or the taste and smell of freshly brewed tea or coffee-these simple experiences when savored fully can bring immense joy and gratitude into our lives. Moreover, finding joy in simple things encourages us to let go of the relentless pursuit of material wealth and external validation. Instead of constantly seeking happiness in bigger houses and fancier cars or more prestigious careers, we learn to appreciate the riches of life in every day moments, laughter of loved ones, the beauty of nature or the satisfaction of a job well done.

This shift in perspective not only brings greater contentment, but also reduces the pressure to constantly chase after more when we find joy in simple things.

We free ourselves from the endless cycle of consumerism and comparison, allowing us to live more authentically in alignment with our true value and desires.

Furthermore, cultivating an appreciation for the simple things in life fosters a sense of gratitude and humility. When we recognize the abundance that surrounds us even in the most ordinary moments, we develop a deep appreciation for life itself, and the interconnectedness of all beings. This gratitude nourishes our heart and soul, filling us with a sense of belonging and purpose. Finding joy in simple things is about rediscovering the magic of every day life. It’s about slowing down, being present in our hearts to the beauty and wonder that surrounds us every moment. By embracing this, we can cultivate greater contentment, fulfillment and peace in our lives, regardless of our external circumstances.


9) The role of intuition: The role of intuition plays a significant role in our lives to serve as a powerful guide every day, often leading us to more effective rather than forceful planning.

This subtle inner voice attunes to a spontaneous understanding or insight that bypasses the analytical reasoning processes. It’s a direct experiential wisdom that arises from a deep connection with the present moment, and our true selves.

The cultivation of intuition is closely linked to the practice of meditation and mindfulness. These practices help clear mental clutter that’s in the way of our intuitive insight, allowing us to hear our inner guidance more clearly.

When we quiet the mind and move beyond the surface the turbulence of scattered thoughts and emotions, we are able to perceive deeper truths about our lives and decisions with greater clarity. Trusting in our intuition does not mean abandoning rational thought or planning, but rather involves a balanced approach where intuitive insights complement analytical thinking. The challenge is to recognize and honor our intuition allowing it to inform our decisions without being drowned out by more insistent voices of fear, doubt or analysis.

The benefits of relying on intuition are manifold. Intuitive decisions often are more in line with our core values and long-term visions. This alignment brings a sense of peace and certainty, even in the face of external uncertainty.


Additionally, intuition can lead us to opportunities and solutions we may never have considered before. This encourages a more holistic view, not only the logical aspects, but also the emotional and spiritual dimensions of our lives.

When we learn to trust and act on our intuition, we often find that life flows more smoothly rather than forcing outcomes through sheer willpower.

We move in harmony with the natural rhythms of our lives and the universe. This approach can lead to unexpected paths and outcomes that are more fulfilling and beneficial than anything we could’ve planned meticulously. In essence, embracing intuition allows us to navigate life with a sense of great peace and ease. It allows us to live more authentically. We adapt and respond to life challenges and opportunities with quiet confidence that is rooted in deep inner knowing.

10) Embracing solitude. Embracing solitude is a key element in finding peace of mind not as a form of isolation, but as a valuable space for growth and self discovery.

Solitude offers a unique opportunity to retreat from the noise of every day life and engage deeply with ourselves. This practice is not about loneliness or separation, but about finding a peaceful solitude, that facilitates personal insight and renewal.

In times of solitude, we are given the freedom to explore our thoughts and feelings without distraction. This uninterrupted time encourages introspection and meditation, allowing us to delve into the deeper aspects of our psyche, removed from the pressures and influences of external environments. This is where we can truly listen to our own needs and desires in line with our authentic selves. The transformational power of solitude lies in its ability to strip away the superficial layers of our identity and societal roles.

Solitude allows us to throw away the masks we wear for others, thus revealing the core of who we are. This can be a profound and sometimes challenging experience as it confronts us and others with our vulnerabilities and strengths alike.

However, it is through this confrontation that true growth occurs. By facing and embracing our true nature, we begin to heal and develop meaningful ways that foster creativity and problem-solving.

The quality and quiet of our minds can wander freely making connections and insights that are often overlooked in the constant buzz of interaction.

Many artists, writers and thinkers have cited solitude as a crucial ingredient in their creative processes, a sacred time where inspiration can flourish without constraint. Periods of solitude help to improve our relationships with others.
By spending time alone we replenish our emotional and mental energy which enables us to interact with others more genuinely and compassionately.

Solitude helps us to appreciate the value of our relationships, more deeply enhancing our capacity for empathy and understanding. In embracing solitude, we discover that being alone does not have to mean being lonely. It can be a rich rewarding experience filled with self discovery, growth, and deep contentment. Through the practice of solitary reflection, we can cultivate a more profound peaceful relationship with ourselves and consequently with the world around us.

11) Mindful eating: Mindful eating exemplifies how mindfulness can be integrated into every day activities. This approach to eating goes beyond the simple act of consuming food. It transforms it into a profound exercise and awareness of gratitude. Eating encourages us to slow down and fully experience the process of eating and pay close attention to the sensations, flavors and origins of our food.

Mindful eating begins with observing the food with all of our senses. Before eating we take a moment to visually appreciate the colors and the textures on our plate, as we slowly note the flavors and textures as they unfold. This not only enhances the pleasures of eating, but also can lead to better digestion and satisfaction with smaller quantity of food.


Mindful eating also involves an awareness of the food journey before it reaches the plate. We consider the many hands involved in the growing, harvesting, transporting and preparing of our meals. This contemplation fosters a deep sense of gratitude and connection to the larger world, reminding us of our interdependence with other people, as well as with the natural environment.

Additionally, this practice helps to tune into our bodies, hunger, and satiety signals. By eating slowly and deliberately, we are more likely to notice when we are actually full, which prevents over eating. This awareness can lead to healthier eating habits and contribute to overall well-being. Integrating, mindful eating into daily life doesn’t require drastic changes. It simply involves a shift in attention even during a busy day. Taking the time to eat one meal mindfully can transform a meal from a mundane task into a moment of peace and reflection.


It serves as a gentle reminder, that mindfulness is not only for the meditation cushion, but is a versatile tool that can enrich every aspect of our lives.

Mindful eating not only nourish our bodies, but also cultivate a mindful presence that can spill over into other activities, enhancing our overall awareness and appreciation. This is a clear example of how these principles can seamlessly be incorporated into daily routines, bringing a touch of tranquility and intention to our often hectic lives.

12) Reducing ego. Reducing ego is a central practice allowing an increase in empathy and connection with others without the constant need to defend or assert our individuality.

Reducing ego makes it easier to understand and relate to the feelings and needs of others. This leads to improved relationships as interactions become more harmonious and interconnected.

The ego in this context refers to the self-centered aspect of our personality, that prioritizes personal desires, and perceives itself as separate from the rest of the world.

By reducing its dominance, we can cultivate a life that is less about self-serving ambitions and more about collective well-being and personal peace. The process of reducing the ego begins with awareness. It involves recognizing the ways in which our thoughts and actions are driven by egotistic desires, such as the need for approval, the fear of insignificance or for control.

This awareness does not condemn or eradicate the ego, but to understand its patterns and gently reduce its influence over our lives. Mindfulness and meditation are key tools in this endeavor. They help us observe our thoughts and behaviors from a distance, giving us the space to choose responses that are aligned with our deeper values rather than knee-jerk reactions, driven by the ego.

This practice becomes less about competition or proving oneself and more about genuine connection and mutual support. Reducing the ego can lead to a significant decrease in internal conflict. Much of our inner life stems from the fears and desires clashing with the realities of life. By lessening the ego control, we often find that many sources of distress and anxiety diminish.

We become more accepting of life as it is, rather than constantly struggling to bend it to our will. This acceptance brings a profound peace and allows us to engage with life more fully and joyously. Lastly, in reducing our ego, we open ourselves to a greater sense of unity with the world.

The boundaries between self and others blur as we recognize that all things are interconnected. This revelation is deeply liberating as it frees from the isolation of egocentricity, and fosters a sense of belonging and purpose that is much larger than ourselves.

In essence, reducing the ego is not about losing our identity but about finding our true place in the fabric of life. It enables us to live with less conflict and more peace and a deeper sensitive understanding. It harmoniously balances our needs with the needs of others and the environment around us. This shift in perspective is transformative, providing a foundation for a life lived with compassion understanding and grace.

13) Living in the present moment: This practice encourages a full and conscious presence in the present. This is known as mindfulness and is about experiencing each moment as it unfolds without overlaying it with past regrets or anxieties.

By focusing on the now, we liberate ourselves from the endless cycle of longing and avoidance that characterizes much of human suffering. Instead our lives hold immense value and potential when we are truly present. Our senses are heightened, allowing us to appreciate life‘s nuances. The texture of the warmth of the sun, the complex flavors of a meal that we might otherwise overlook-This attentiveness and enriches our every day experiences and makes ordinary experiences into the extraordinary.

More importantly, living in the moment discourages the forceful chasing an end results and outcomes in our modern goal, orient society. It’s easy to become fixated on future success or dwell on past mistakes, both of which distract from our ability to act with spontaneity and authenticity.

When attachments are released in the present moment, we stop trying to force life to conform to preconceived notions or timelines and instead allow opportunities and experiences to emerge naturally.

This approach not only reduces stress, but also opens us to a full array of possibilities, which often exceed our original plans or expectations.

Additionally, living in the moment cultivates patience and acceptance, qualities that are essential for personal peace. Instead of pushing against life and inherent unpredictability we learn to embrace it with grace and resilience.

We learned to flow with it, dealing with challenges as they come and enjoying the pleasures without clinging to them. This balances the essence of a serene and fulfilled life. Ultimately by embracing these principles of living in the present moment, we engage more deeply with life as a truly is and not as we think it should be.

This shift and perspective rings of profound sense of freedom. We no longer feel compelled to chase after a future, or past that do not meet our expectations. Each moment offers a new beginning a chance to simplify and be a fresh opportunity to experience the magic of life without the burden of unnecessary expectations. From understanding impermanence to living fully in the moment, we learn not to force, but flow with it gracefully.

Each principal offers a path to deeper self-awareness and a a more harmonious existence with the world around us. By cultivating mindfulness, letting go of attachments, reducing ego, and appreciating the simple joys we open ourselves to a life filled with less stress and greater contentment. We remember that life can be magical when we stop trying to control every outcome and appreciate the beauty of the present moment.


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22 thoughts on “13 Timeless Principles For Embracing The Magic Of NOW”

  1. Hi Kate,

    Great post this week! I really enjoyed reading it. I love how you outlined the importance of letting go and living every day to the fullest without having to worry about everything and letting our egos get in the way of living your fullest you. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the everyday agenda and forget about what’s really important. As I get older, I am trying to not stress as much and enjoy every moment that comes. Life is too short and goes by too fast. Thanks!

  2. Hey Kate!
    Wow! That was an amazing post. Long, but amazing!
    I really needed to hear that as I have been dealing with alot of stress lately and I am quite a control freak myself, so this message reminds me about letting go and not trying to control everything and trying to force all the outcomes, but just let things happen more naturally. I am saving your post to look back on periodically.Very good words of wisdom. Thanks,
    Jim O’Brien

  3. I resonated deeply with this blog post Kate, as it emphasizes the importance of living in the present moment and embracing impermanence. In a fast-paced world where we are constantly focused on the past or the future, these principles offer a reminder to savor each moment and find peace within ourselves a lesson that I need reminding of. Living in the present moment takes work. Letting go, reducing ego, and cultivating mindfulness are key practices that can lead to a more fulfilling and meaningful life and are worth the effort and practice. Thank you for sharing these timeless teachings that can help us navigate life with greater ease and grace.

  4. Kate – This is great stuff. Each time I got to the next point I said to myself, “I need to work on that one.” I guess one idea here is we all can do better even when we are doing well. For me, mindfulness is key. If I’m mindful, I can focus on the other points you make. But, that’s just me. Kate, you teach me every blog, video or conversation. Thank you, my friend!

  5. This is a wonderfully insightful post that resonates deeply with the ethos of mindfulness and living in harmony with life’s natural rhythm. The 13 principles you’ve outlined not only provide a practical roadmap to personal peace but also serve as a gentle reminder of the transient beauty of our existence. I’m particularly drawn to the idea of “Understanding impermanence” and “The art of letting go,” as they underscore the freedom found in acceptance rather than resistance.

    It’s refreshing to see how these principles apply not just to personal growth but also to enhancing business practices. A mindful approach can transform interactions and decision-making processes, making them more ethical and sustainable. Thank you for sharing these timeless teachings. I look forward to integrating these principles more consciously into my daily life and business, to not just achieve but also appreciate more of each moment.

  6. So much to take in. Some valuable lessons there. Wouldn’t the world be a much nicer place if everybody could accept these principles. Thank you, Kate.

  7. Hi, Kate!
    What a wonderful post!
    About impermanence, I was reminded of what my Grandma said about her son, my uncle. He died in a motorcycle accident when he was just 30. He’d had health problems as a kid. They didn’t think he would live growing up. She said I’m glad we had him in our lives as long as we did. Life is a gift. People are gifts from God. We must treasure them while we have them.
    She said this kind of sadly but with great conviction and gratitude. I often marvel at my Grandma. This was one of those times. She’s not bitter or angry. She’s grateful we had him as long as we did. When my little cousin died of cancer at age 13, we were devastated, of course. But, the same principle applied. Our lives are gifts. We must enjoy people while we have them in our lives.
    What a perspective!
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  8. A lot of great info here Kate!
    The one thing that I’ve had to work on was letting go of the past. It’s not been a bad one; even have had some great moments; maybe that’s why it’s been harder.
    In reading your blog this week, it further confirmed to me how so many have lost touch with their “now” and “today” with the fast bustling of todays life.
    I was telling my wife yesterday when we were doing our shopping how so many people aren’t smiling anymore – reason more to give many of them out!
    Take care and will definitely work on these; they are truly helpful principles.

  9. Hello Kate,
    “Such an insightful post filled with valuable content! I truly resonate with the concept of Mindful eating. It’s remarkable how considering the journey our food takes before it reaches our plate can deepen our appreciation for it. Reflecting on the many individuals and processes involved in its cultivation, transportation, and preparation fosters a profound sense of gratitude and connection to our wider community and environment. Thank you for sharing this thought-provoking perspective on our interconnectedness with others and the natural world. All the best in your journey.

  10. Kate,
    Such a great post. I have bookmarked this post as I need these reminders on how to live life to the fullest and live life in the moment. I really liked #11. Mindful eating. As someone who really enjoys eating healthy, tasty food I agree with the statement “Eating encourages us to slow down and fully experience the process of eating and pay close attention to the sensations, flavors and origins of our food.”

  11. Kate, I love your post! It’s important enough that you should convert this to a small book! I think so many people could benefit from how you outlined these life lessons. Your #3 is actually my motto, and I say all the time, and encourage upon others when appropriate: I call it “being unattached to the outcome.” Just like what you said, this is simply being unattached and not tied to how YOU FEEL the outcome should unfold. Yes it’s a form of letting go but it’s more about seeing beyond that and being in utter acceptance that whatever unfolds is exactly what’s supposed to be there. It’s understanding that what appears before us is for our highest good. I’m not saying this is an easy place to reside… but it’s my goal to be there as much as possible.

  12. Kate, what an enriching read! The principles you’ve shared are a gentle reminder of how transformative simplicity and mindfulness can be in our complex lives. I especially appreciate the emphasis on embracing the present and letting go of attachments. These are practices that not only promise peace but are crucial in today’s fast-paced world. Thank you for this beautiful reminder to slow down and savor life’s moments.

  13. Kate, this is the longest blog I think I’ve ever seen, well done. The 13 principles you’ve shared offer a profound guide to transforming our approach to life and business. By understanding impermanence, cultivating mindfulness, and practicing letting go, we open ourselves to the beauty and peace of each moment. Embracing silence, showing compassion, and reducing ego further enrich our experiences and interactions with others. Thank you, Atif

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