It’s never too late – Thich Nhat Hanh


I found this tucked away inside a book this morning, and thought I would share it with you.

The rest of the quote is:  “It is never too late to take an inventory of your life and change the things that no longer serve you”

Thich Nhat Hanh recommends:-

“Sit down and take an inventory of your life.  If there are things you have been hanging on to that are not useful and deprive you of your freedom, find the courage to let them go.  An overloaded boat is easily capsized by wind and waves.  Lighten your load and your boat will travel more quickly and safely.  Then you can offer the precious gift of freedom and space to yourself and loved ones, but only if it is truly there in your own heart.”

This must have stuck in my mind when I read it, because I had taken the time to type it out and keep it close by.

I like the idea of taking an inventory of my life, almost like cleaning out the closet and ditching the stuff that will never see the light of day again (not on this body anyway).

I think this is something that I’m going to start. How would you go about doing this? I’m starting with a list.




18 thoughts on “It’s never too late – Thich Nhat Hanh

  1. Lists are always a great place to start. I try and have a To do list every day to keep me on track. I especially the quote here, so true, and it’s something I’m trying to do as well, take stock of my life and find purpose and meaning. Great post Barbara, thanks for stopping by my blog. Look forward to exploring more of yours. 🙂


  2. What a great reminder to take the time to revisit what really matters in our life. I like the imagery of the boat, and can see where I need to lighten the load at the moment. The list option would be my preferred option too. Thank you for making me think a little deeper than usual 😊.


  3. Thank you for your comment. Yes I loved the thought of lightening the load in the boat too, it makes so much sense. I have made progress on my list and started making changes in my life. The point is really that they don’t have to be huge changes, little changes here and there will make all the difference.


  4. Thich is one of my absolute favorites. His wisdom and simply put words speak right to my core. I would probably start with meditation. It seems to be the quickest way to quiet my mind so that what I need comes to the surface. I have an extraordinarily loud mind. 😉 😉


  5. Ha ha me too, it’s why I don’t sleep well. So many thoughts so little time. I have never been able to meditate, perhaps I should persist a little more. Thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment.

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    1. I think you are right Tim, Everything would be such a huge challenge. Thank you for the follow and taking the time to leave me a comment. I shall check out your blog today.


  6. Thank you so much for this!! I found you via A Kinder Way ❤ I've just been thinking on how to lighten my load. One thing I did was cancel a commitment for tomorrow to provide more space for myself. That was really important.
    Anyway, thank you again. Blessings to you — Debbie


    1. Thank you Debbie, I did exactly the same thing myself last Saturday (I found it very difficult not to honour my commitment, but it was the right thing to do, and the minute I made the decision I felt lighter and happier). It is about taking care of ourselves too. I’m glad you were able to do the right thing for yourself and I agree that is really important. Barbara

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