It's this moment that counts

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 January, 2011, 12:00am

'Nothing is forever'. I read this phrase in a novel and I loved it. I had mixed feelings when I saw the phrase - it's complicated but it's so true.

Yes, nothing is forever. But we all long for forever. We know everything must come to an end, but we are unwilling to accept this reality. We always think we can do things, such as treating our parents better, later, because there's plenty of time. We think they will be here eternally and there's a lot of time for us to be nice to them.

But no one knows what will happen the next minute. We should treasure everyone and everything we have so we won't have regrets. Those people and those things are not going to be around forever. Start by giving your loved ones a big hug today.

Yu Hoi-ying, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Hoi-ying. At this time of year, many people like to look back over the past 12 months and count their blessings. Many also make promises to themselves or other people to improve in some way - do more exercise, write more letters, spend more time with their friends, help out more with household chores.

But the majority of these promises are broken very quickly. We think we can put things off for another day: visit grandma next week, sign up to volunteer at the home for the disabled when you're a year older, join the tennis team after exams. But what if the tennis team is cancelled next term? What if the home has to close down because it didn't have enough support? And, as sad as it is, nobody lives forever.

There's a famous ancient saying in Latin: 'Carpe diem'. It means 'Seize the day'. In other words, make the most of today, tomorrow, every day. Make every day special, and do something important. It doesn't have to be massive - you can't cure cancer or climb Everest every day. But you can do something small each day to make the most of being alive, and being you.

Karly, Deputy Editor




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