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Forever is Composed of Nows

Posted by Zoe Smiles on

Sent on February 6, 2023


"Forever — is composed of Nows –"

The Poems of Emily Dickinson


The Basic IDEA

Enjoy the simple pleasures, focus on the little moments, brush off the small worries, feel pride in the obstacles you overcome because these experiences will make up, what is in the end, the fullness of your life.

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Digging Deeper

Emily Dickinson’s iconic poem, Forever is Composed of Nows, presents the idea that every small moment is happening “now” and collectively adds up to “forever,” or a lifetime.

What seems so intangible and distant is actually being created out of the experiences you have every day.

Similarly, regardless of who you are, you have recurring moments — centered around home, family, relationships, work, nature, technology, play, adventure, joy, and trauma. 

These are the “nows” that appear, throughout your life, in unexpected ways, if you stop to notice. Like beads on a string, they make up your “forever.”

 Press Release by AIR Gallery's Exhibit "Forever is Composed of Nows"  Feb-Mar 2020


Two Things for You to Try This Week

1. That thing you want to do, that you never make time for, the one that would only take less than an hour of your day but you can't seem to squeeze into your schedule - do it.

2. Call up one of your good friends, a relative you really love, or a person who has made a significant impact on your life, just to say hi, and tell them how much you appreciate them.

Have fun out there

A Quick Note from Zoe

Welcome to The Happy Seeds, my new weekly newsletter.

Every Monday morning, I will send you one quote to read, a thought message, and one or two action steps to take at some point during the week.

It's our job to help each other plant happy seeds. This is me planting in you. A newsletter is something different for me. It may work and it may not.

I'd love to hear back from you! Email me if the perspective or action steps help. Did something good come out of this week?

The goal is to offer my email community a happy perspective to look forward to and some creative opportunities for you to add joy to your week.

It's easy for me to get caught up in the day to day and I've learned happiness is a muscle. You have to BUILD and then MAINTAIN a happy mindset.

I regularly meet people who want to know "How are you so happy?! How can you have this perspective when life is so challenging?!" - what I share in this newsletter is the answer.

If the content or action steps in this email make an impact on you this week - whether it's as simple as re-watching your favorite show series, as joyful as connecting with an old friend from 2012 or as big as finally having the opportunity to go skydiving, please reply to this email and let me know.

Talk to you next week,