Dan Millman and his book "Path of the Peaceful Warrior" was one of our favorite author-speakers at the Maui Writers Conference. His insight, "There is no such thing as an ordinary day" is as true today as it was 15 years ago.
It reminds me of the powerful line from Thornton Wilder's play "Our Town."
Emily, the lead character, has passed but gets to return home one last time. She watches her mother wash the dishes in the kitchen and realizes she never appreciated the little things - a normal day - while she had the chance.
She asks poignantly, "Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?"
So often we don't. We get swept up in busyness, rushing here, there and everywhere.
However, we are here now. It is not too late.
Look around right now and imprint this day. Really see your surroundings as if for the first or last time.
Drink in the sheer miracle of being alive - of being able to breathe, feel, hear, taste, touch, love, experience.
A moment of grace and deeply felt gratitude is a moment's notice away.