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Are you having the time of your life?

Rick Kraft

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Where are you right now on your journey of life? If you had to condense down your current state of mind and write it in a few sentences, what would you write?
Are you stuck in a rut? Have you lost the wonder of living? When you woke up today did you look forward to the day ahead? What is it that brings joy into your world? Have you been walking a valley?
Are you having the time of your life?
There’s a song with powerful words that could be anyone’s mantra if they want to get excited about this thing that we are living called “life.” It was written by Regie Hamm and performed by David Cook called “The Time of My Life.” Cook won the 2008 season of American Idol with this song. It reached number one in the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and has been certified as Platinum-selling over 1 million downloads.
If you aren’t familiar with the song, I wish you could “YouTube” it and listen to the music that goes along with the lyrics. The song takes a global view of life’s past, the future, and most importantly, the present. Cook sings about having the time of his life. The lyrics are as follows:
“I’ve been waiting for my dreams to turn into something I could believe in. And looking for that magic rainbow on the horizon. I couldn’t see it until I let go, giving into love, and watched all the bitterness burn.
“Now I’m coming alive, body and soul, feelin’ my world start to turn. And I’ll taste every moment and live it out loud. I know this is the time.
“This is the time to be more than a name or a face in the crowd. I know this is the time. This is the time of my life, time of my life.
“Holding onto things that vanished into the air left me in pieces. But now I’m rising from the ashes, finding my wings, and all that I needed was there all along within my reach.
“As close as the beat of my heart. So I’ll taste every moment, and live it out loud. I know this is the time. “This is the time to be more than a name or a face in the crowd. I know this is the time. This is the time of my life.
“And I’m out on the edge of forever, ready to run. I’m keeping my feet on the ground, my arms open wide, my face to the sun. I’ll taste every moment and live it out loud.
“I know this is the time. This is the time to be more than a name or a face in the crowd. I know this is the time. This is the time of my life.”
David Cook sings about a great view of the world. And his view of the world is available to you.
You choose how you see the world. I choose how I see the world. Some of us have our lives on hold because of something that is “up in the air” in the world we are living. Some of us have dreams we are not pursuing. Some of us feel we are just a face in the crowd.
We live day to day with a world view of “woe is me.” We make excuses. We blame where we are on others. We don’t take ownership of what we can control…and that is ourselves.
In doing this we fail to realize we have the power to live a fulfilling life. One of joy and one of excitement. It is like we’re walking slowly (if we are even walking at all) with our heads down looking at the ground.
The days click off and we wake up a month from now in the same place we are today. We are wasting our days, one at a time.
There is an exciting world out there if we look for it. If the world is not exciting, it is you - not the world that is the problem. Because we do live in an exciting world.
What we get out of this exciting world depends on what we’re looking for. For example, whether you’re happy with what you have or unhappy with what you don’t have, you have the same things. Your joy is determined by how you see the things you own.
It is never too late to become what you want to become. You’ll live the rest of your life with the body you have and the mind in your body. Accept this. You can choose a victim mentality or you can choose to rise above any restraints or negatives you’re facing. Move forward, not backward.
In my world, success each day is investing in others. If I’ve done an act (or acts) that increases the value of others, I’ve lived a successful day. I don’t have to look very far to find exciting ways to be a positive impact on the life of others.
My challenge to you today is first to accept where you are on your journey of life. Don’t make it anyone’s fault, including your own.
Second, assess where you are and ask the questions at the beginning of this column. If you find this world an exciting place…awesome! If you dread the steps you’re walking, you need to change something. It may be as simple as your attitude.
Third, adjust your life and your view of the world so that you can live a meaningful and fulfilling life. As the song says, there is more in your reach than you realize.
To make today the time of your life, grow yourself and give to others. I believe you can do it.
Live in the moment for the moment. And see if, through this process, you can honestly say that you are “having the time of your life.”
Just a thought…
Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a syndicated columnist, a published author, and an attorney. To submit comments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to [email protected]:[email protected]

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