How will you choose to live today?

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Sigh, I’m sick.

It’s that time of year again when people get stressed and overwhelmed with the holiday season. The time when people are hacking up a lung and sniffling in a weird chorus of sniffles. Everyone’s immune system is down, and everyone is getting sick. It’s all around you, and you can’t escape. Curse of the office cold! I’m now a part of the zombie herd of coughers and sneezers.

Needless to say, my 30-Day Challenge is now on a hiatus.

I’ve been holed up in my room for the past 2 days, heavily drugged and trying to recover. I did try go to work on both days, but was sent home by my office parents/bosses to rest. When I’m not sleeping, I’d put on a movie, play some games, read random articles, or creep on Facebook.

Today is my friend’s birthday, and he chose to remember an important friend of his who passed away many years ago. His Facebook post was very touching and meaningful – it was an eloquent reminder that life can be so short, so fragile, and very unpredictable.

We’ve become so entangled by the endless lists of daily tasks, chores, meetings, and appointments that we lose track of the things that are truly important to us – our family, friends, and the beautiful world that surrounds us. We become blinded by our so-called “First World Problems”: the coffee is too cold, too hot, too sweet; there’s no milk, no cream, no sugar. The weather is too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry. We complain about our loved ones, instead of being grateful for spending another precious day with them.

I saw this video today, and thought it would be fitting to share. This video consists of people in the Third World reading tweets that were hashtagged #FirstWorldProblems. The apparent contrast will make those daily complaints seem so insignificant:

We’ve become so “busy” that forget to slow down and acknowledge or appreciate the things that matter. Even simple things, like feeling the sun, the rain, the snow, or the wind on your face. Noticing the beauty in your friends, your family, or even in a stranger. Listening to their voices, their laughter, their grumblings. Remembering their values, their ideals, their goals. Or simply, knowing that you’re alive. Life is too short to wake up with regrets, with endless complaints, or be unhappy. Pause to enjoy the present moment, and every moment of your life – even your trials and tribulations are important to learn from. Never say we don’t have time for this, because that’s basically saying we don’t have time to live.

Life matters. How will you choose to live today?

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