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How often we say that the days are flying by, the years are flying by and sometimes you wish you could push a “pause” button on life—or even “rewind”.

But of course, we can’t, as Jose Ortega y Gasset reminds us:

“We cannot put off living until we are ready. The most salient characteristic of life is its coerciveness: it is always urgent, ‘here and now’ without any possible postponement. Life is fired at us point-blank.”

“We cannot put off living until we are ready. ”That’s actually good news!

It means I don’t have to wait for better circumstances. I can always choose to live right now.

In other words…

We can’t push “pause” or “rewind.” But we can always push the “play” button.

You can bring a spirit of playfulness and humor and joy to work, to dinner time, to ordinary moments, even to the tense moments. Especially the tense moments.

It’s like the beggar in Fiddler on the Roof who asked Tevye for a little change. Tevye said, “Sorry, it’s been a bad week.”

The beggar said, “So, just because you’ve had a bad week, why should I suffer?”

Abraham Maslow said,

Play is exulting in the possible.”

Pushing the “play” button helps to keep us from missing the joy that is possible today—no matter how much is on our plate, no matter what happens, even in spite of our moods.