Don’t procrastinate your life in the hope of better days ahead – The Royal Gazette
Created: Jun 03, 2021 8:00 AM
Sing like no one is listening to you. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like no one is watching you and live like it is heaven on earth. – Mark Twain
A year ago, we were locked up in Bali.
We lived in a small house in a quiet hotel right on the edge of the deep green jungle.
Late every evening, when the thick hot night descended from the volcano and covered our village with a suffocating blanket, two big monkeys landed on our roof with a thud and used it as a playground. They scampered, tumbled, struggled. and howled with joy. Bill would smile, look at his watch and say, “It’s time for the monkeys to play!”
We laughed. We were happy and could never really believe that fate had placed us here in such a foreign land. We were the only two guests staying at the hotel and the gentle, kind and calm Balinese staff treated us like we were family. They were very sympathetic to our situation of being away from our country.
They sincerely wanted us to feel at home.
Over the months, almost every morning, they brought us beautiful exotic flowers on long stems – birds of paradise with bright orange heads that resembled the beaks of tropical birds. There were the elegant crimson spathes in the shape of an Anthurium flower palette and the blazing red ginger flowers with flame-like shapes formed from tender, quivering petals.
The staff didn’t need to buy them, they just cut them from the lush bushes growing at the edge of the hotel grounds. They brought them early in the morning while we were sleeping and just put them next to our door. Sometimes the stems were as tall as me. It was always with breathless surprise as I stepped out into the rays of the sun falling through the jungle canopy and greeted by these wild and elegant flowers amid the calls of unknown birds.
It was a gesture of kindness, and we found it very touching.
One day I held a new bouquet and felt a pang in my heart.
“Nina, why didn’t you buy a more attractive vase than the one we have here at the hotel?” You love flowers and you love to look at them. How is it possible that for four long months of living here you haven’t done it?
Because… I thought we would be here for a short time, this was all temporary and we would leave Bali any day. ”
I believe this is an attitude that can affect our lives so badly. We think: when we have a better house, then we will decorate it; when we find the job of our dreams, then we will show our talents; when we find a partner, then we will be happy.
Instead of living as well and as fully as possible every day, we put off improving things, sometimes for years.
I went to a pottery store and bought an elegant turquoise glass vase that I liked.
I thought to myself, “Even if we have to leave tomorrow, the other guests will appreciate it. “
The pandemic has taught us a lot. One of them is not to procrastinate your life, not to wait for the best time to come.
Put on your best dress, slip a red flower behind your ear like the Balinese do, and smile and dance on the white sand with your friends!
Life is now! Let us live it fully and with wonder in our hearts! Every day !
Nina London is a Certified Wellness and Weight Management Coach. Its mission is to support and inspire mature women to make positive changes in their body and mind. Share your inspiring stories with her at www.ninalondon.com
Nina London (Photograph by Bill Rosser)