Living in the Moment 

Greatness, as measured by Bob Marley

(Associate Editor Amy Atkins here, sitting in for Zach Hagadone, who is out on assignment. Yep, even the chief has to do a story once in awhile.)

I leave BWHQ on Tuesdays with a strange sense of detachment. Though the next Boise Weekly will hit stands (and the Internet) a few hours after I lock the doors and set the alarm, I'm already thinking about the next-next edition. I'm by no means alone in my dismissal of the here-and-now: More than ever, we plan for the hours, days, even weeks and months ahead in an effort to better design our professional and personal lives, and I am on a continuous quest to be more organized. I know planning is vital to success, but focusing on the future pushes the present out of my periphery. This may sound like the end of every romantic comedy ever, but wealth really isn't defined by material goods: friends and family are the real currency. As Bob Marley said, "The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively."

It's easy to go about our days as though the people who matter most to us will always be just a phone call or a visit away, and to forget how quickly everything can change.

In this week's edition, we have a few stories that remind us to be more present, like our News feature, where News Editor George Prentice writes about his visit to the small town of New Plymouth, where Robert Manwill lived until his life was cut short by those who should have been protecting him. People who knew Robert remember a sweet boy and each year since his 2009 murder, they have honored his memory with an art auction.

Local musician Lee Penn Sky talks about how the death of 29 miners and a near-death experience of his own inspired an album almost 10 years in the making.

On a personal note, I am working on changing my own paradigm. One of my nieces was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. The tumor was removed and her recovery was quick, but the prognosis—and thereby her future—isn't all sunshine and rainbows. Her situation has reminded me of the value of living in the moment and, at the risk of being maudlin, how rich I really am.

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