I learned that today was International Peace Day through Facebook. I’m not one who generally celebrates these things or even mentions them but for today, I felt it was just apt to share something I’ve been reflecting on since yesterday.
In my youth, I was a very extroverted and bubbly musical fan. The first musical I fell in love with was Grease. It’s still one of my favorites until today. But another notable favorite is “Rent,” by Jonathan Larson. This musical didn’t just have catchy tunes, it also discussed a very serious and relevant topic back in 1996 about impoverished artists and the struggle with HIV and death. Even though it’s been years since, the story and the songs still strike a chord inside me.
On a deeper level, this musical wasn’t just about dealing with sickness and financial worries. It was really about finding the value in each moment of your life – reflected quite clearly in their theme, “Seasons of Love.” Life is “rent” – something borrowed that we have to give back. Life is a present and its value lies in what we do with it, not with what is and how much is given to us.
“How do you measure the life of a woman or a man?”
Not on his or her career, not in how long he or she lived (or even died,) not in how much money he or she makes. It is measured in how much we have loved through our life. It is measured on the people we’ve touched and inspired, despite our own struggles. It is measured on how much we valued what is already here.
Aside from “Seasons of Love,” one of my other favorite songs from this musical is “Finale B (No Day but Today)” and I’m amazed at how this song reflects a life truth I’ve been trying to live in my days. I learned it from the Buddhist monks of Plum Village. I believed it through Eckhart Tolle’s books and teachings. And I listen to its depth through this song. It’s simple yet strong.
I just wanted to share it as a reminder that the only moment is Now. That if we want peace, we have to live it Now. If we want to live a meaningful life, we have to love Now.
There is no day but today.
“There’s only us. There’s only this
Forget regret– or life is yours to miss.
No other road. No other way.
No day but today.”