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A homeless man strolled past me the other day as I filled up my vehicle with gas. Pushing a  shopping cart loaded with what appeared to be all his worldly possessions, the man was dirty, unshaven, and his long hair hadn’t likely seen a brush or comb in weeks. As I stood there, silently bitching about the cost of gasoline, I couldn’t help but wonder what tragedy had befallen him. Lay-off? Drug problem? Mortgage crisis? Mental health issues? The possibilities, in today’s world, seemed endless. Surely, I thought, this man had to be miserable.

Then, a funny thing happened.

He began to whistle.

Not just any whistle, but a heartfelt, Whistle While You Work kind of tune. Like he hadn’t a care in the world. Life was good. Nothing wrong.

There I stood, in Canada where I own a summer home, at five o’clock on a beautiful August morning, fed, clothed, loved and healthy, silently griping about the hundred-plus dollars it cost to fill up the beast that is my husband’s pick-up truck. Yes, I should have been the one whistling.

But I wasn’t.

And he was.

It’s all about attitude and Mr. Whistling Homeless Man could teach us all a thing or two.

© Robin Cain, 2012

http://www.robincain.com

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Just heard that Nickleback song and it got me to thinking about all the people I know, including myself, who often seem to be stuck in a holding pattern of procrastination. I’ll do it later. I’ll go see her next time. I can’t afford it. It’s too much trouble. I don’t have time for that now. I’ll start next week.

What if each of us only had today? Would we do anything different? Would we take chances we never before dreamed of taking? If we knew this was our last opportunity, would we say and do certain things we normally wouldn’t?

Your life could end today or fifty years from now. Either way, it’ll happen in an instant. So ask yourself – what would you have liked to accomplish in this moment? In this lifetime? More importantly, ask yourself what’s stopping you from doing it? Fear of the unknown? Lack of confidence? Lack of time?

If today was your last day, would any of those reasons matter anymore? Would you somehow find a way to do all that you want?

Ask yourself, but just don’t think about it too long. Time’s a wasting!

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