As you go through your life,
take the time to live.
Take time to appreciate and enjoy
the beauty that surrounds you,
to make a difference, to do something
that you truly care about.
Take the time to know your passion,
to follow your purpose, to do something
more than simply get through the day.
Take time to lift up another,
to really listen, to truly care.
Take time to seek out the real joys
of being alive and aware,
of being a unique person with a special purpose.
Take time to genuinely give of yourself,
for that is the best gift you can offer.
The time you take to really live
is time you will always treasure,
and creates value that will always
stay with you.
The more often you remember what a special
and irreplaceable gift it is to be alive,
the more you'll have to offer
to the lives of those around you.
This very day is your time to live,
and it is here for you to experience.
Whatever your situation, whatever challenges
you face, however busy your schedule may be,
there is always so much value
in taking the time to really live.
© Ralph Marston