I was listening to the radio last week and heard an interview with the Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson. He has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. What struck me was his attitude to his life and what he intends to do before the end comes.
But the thing that stood out for me was when he said the following
“The things that used to bring me down, or worry me, or annoy me, they don’t matter anymore – and that’s when you sit thinking ‘Wow, why didn’t I work this out before? Why didn’t I work out before that it’s just the moment you’re in that matters?’
“Worrying about the future or regretting the past is just a foolish waste of time. Of course we can’t all be threatened with imminent death, but it probably takes that to knock a bit of sense into our heads.”
I am sure we have heard people say things like ‘try not to worry’ or ‘it could be worse’ when we are faced with a difficult situation but it is a lot easier said then done.
It may be worth remembering Wilko Johnson’s words. We can worry about what we might have said or done in the past, or what we have to do in the future but all this does is stop us living in the now. Take a moment to think of all the good things in your life at this time and allow yourself to smile about them. They are precious gifts and we should accept them gracefully and keep them safe.