Sometimes There Is No Next Time

Recently I saw this sign that said “Sometimes there is no next time, no time out, no second chance. Sometimes it’s now or never.” Alan Bennett, English Playwright

Those words have been ringing in my mind pretty strong since waking up this morning so I’d like to share my thoughts. There’s been so many different signs lately about people who are not doing their emotional work and I worry about them. People who know they have un-resolved emotional baggage, but refuse to do anything about it. Focusing on other people rather than looking at themselves. The reason I worry is because people don’t realize that our un-resolved emotional issues go with our soul when we die.

Friday night I posted the question on Twitter and Facebook, “When you get to the other side, what would you regret not doing more of when you were living?” and it was fun to read people’s answers. My answer is to dance more. I love to dance and don’t do much of it anymore. I’d like to dance like Pharrel in his Happy Video.

Believe it or not, right now all this intense energy we’re experiencing is for our benefit. It’s there to push us to get our healing in order. To get rid of the baggage that holds us back. We stay stuck in these little pockets of life memories and don’t realize how much they are handicapping our progress. I’m amazed at how much people will put themselves through to avoid looking at their pain.

Today is Father’s Day and alot of people are naturally thinking about their dads. What kind of dad they are or were, did they fill our needs, were they there for us? What legacies did they leave us? How much are we like them? What imprints did they leave on us? Mine was a tough old bird, complicated and wise, insensitive and yet very sensitive. As I said today on Facebook, he taught me many things that at the time didn’t seem relevant, but now as a step parent, they are all relevant. I’ve come to see him in a whole different light since living with my 20 year old step-son. I wish my dad would have gone home to Heaven without his baggage but that was his choice and the good news is that there’s plenty of help available on the other side.

The key to figuring out what we’re working hard not to heal is what are we resisting the most?

Mine is giving up sugar. I LOVE SUGAR. It’s been my friend since I was born. It nurtures me, makes me happy, makes life sweet, comforts me when I’m sad, calms me down when I’m mad, takes away my loneliness. It’s available everywhere. Doesn’t ask anything of me other than a tiny portion of money to purchase it. I’m especially happy when it’s surrounded in dark chocolate.

It also puts weight on me, inflames my body, makes me pre-diabetic and acting like a crazy person when it isn’t near by. I woke up this morning with this strong desire to change it and as always fear sets in when thinking about trying to get through life without it. I know all the helpful words. Easy does it. One day at a time. Keep it simple.

“Sometimes there is no next time, no time out, no second chances. Sometimes it’s now or never.”Alan Bennett

The message I intended to focus on in this blog is what Alan Bennett said. My intention was to say, love the people in your life, say the things you want to say to them, live your life as if there is no next time, but the blog took a left turn and I ended up talking about setting ourselves free from whatever is keeping us in bondage. As I sit here staring out at this beautiful sunny day, wondering how to end this blog, it occurs to me that this is all connected. Setting ourselves free, not taking life for granted, living in the now fully, knowing that there may not be a next time. That’s good. I like it.

Enjoy your day……………….and as always, thanks for visiting the new website.


P.S. If you know you have things to heal, but aren’t sure how or what they are, I strongly recommend you get a copy of the fourth book I wrote called My Big Book of Healing (formerly called A Passion to Heal). About ten years ago, my guides met with me everyday for almost a year to help me write a very thorough book on healing. We would write one chapter at a time, take a little break and then tackle the next chapter which sometimes took a week or two to write. It is a very thorough book on the issues that wound us and also has a wonderful suggestion on what to do to heal those wounds.

Echo Bodine

Echo Bodine first discovered she had psychic abilities at the age of 17. Over the years she has written many books, hosted TV and radio shows, worked as an intuitive teacher and ghostbuster and continues to help people world-wide to open to their own intuitive capacities. Read More and follow Echo on Facebook and Twitter


  1. Arlene M on June 16, 2014 at 11:28 am

    I loved the video and hadn’t seen it before. Thanks for pointing me to it.

    And thanks for sharing Bennett’s words. Opportunities come to us for a reason and when we let them pass us by, it’s kind of sad. There will be another chance, but we have no way of knowing when or in what form it will come next time. Why wait? Seize the day!

  2. Tina on June 16, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Thanks Echo, needed to hear this info. I will reread your book. I am grateful for your sharing heart.

  3. Diane G on June 22, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I know what would be so wonderful. Having a dance evening at The Center! It could be an evening of free dance but for a modest cover charge. I would drive the 70 miles for a dance! 🙂

  4. Theresa Rokusek on June 22, 2014 at 9:14 am

    What comes to my mind is, “When the pupil is ready, the teacher will come.” I seem to be getting similar messages from different places. I must be ready. Thanks Echo for yet another reminder.

  5. Marilyn Curran on June 22, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Thank you Echo.
    This is just what I needed.
    And I am also struggling with a sugar addiction and want help.
    Any ideas?

  6. Valerie H. on June 22, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Hi Echo! Talk about synchronicity! This post hit it on the head for me. I have the same issue with chocolate. Recently, I decided that I need to balance my life better. WHY do I HAVE to have chocolate everyday? What is it that I am holding on too and can’t get past that I have to have chocolate for comfort. It puts weight on the old body to eat and I am gripped with fear to think of doing without it. So, I am working on letting go of my old “stuff” (baggage) and working on a better balance in life. Another thing, last week I just ordered your book, “My Big Book of Healing.” It should be coming in the mail any day. I love your books! They have helped me so much. Thank you for you giving spirit! Thank you also for helping me understand and develop my gifts. You are a true blessing!

  7. Nora Alyea on June 23, 2014 at 1:52 am

    Thanks echo, my brother died tonight ; I’m afraid he had a lot of baggage and pain from an unfaithful wife and debt issues . Should I wait awhile to contact him? I loved him so much but was never able to help him all that much with his pain.

    • Diane G on June 23, 2014 at 1:59 am

      Hello Nora, I’m sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my prayers. I’ll send some healing angels your way. Take care.

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