Sometimes I get so focused on reaching an end-goal, I forget to stop and appreciate the journey and the hard work I’ve done up to that point. I need to realize that it’s OK to slow down, notice the little things, and be present in the moment.
The biggest reason I struggle is directly due to the fact that I’m running around frantic most of the time. I’m almost always in a rush. I have projects to finish, work to go to, homework to do, plans to flesh out, and by the end of the day, by the time I go to sleep, I want to see as many mental check-points on my daily To-Do list.
How many of us sit back and let our mind go silent, let our mind drift off into space? Just relaxing, just chilling in the moment, peacefully giving ourselves a break and taking a moment to be grateful for the things we already have and have already accomplished? Not me (guilty as charged)! (Didn’t some great guy once tell us that the “unexamined life isn’t worth living?”)
We need to take some time (even just a few minutes) out of our hectic days to appreciate what we’re blessed with, note our progress (or lack of progress) in fulfilling our hopes and dreams, and see how and what we’re contributing to our families, our friends, our futures, our communities. Notice the things around you, the state of your life, note what’s changing or staying the same.
Something I catch myself doing is focusing WAY more on my Iphone than Real Life, that stuff all around me. My head is down, engaged in whatever my fingers are clicking or swiping on, when I really should be looking up, engaging with others, enjoying & taking in what’s before me in the here and now … because honestly, the present, in a heartbeat, becomes the past, never to be retrieved. It’s the only time we will ever have & we should make the most of it.
I have a book, “14,000 things to be happy about.” It lists the simplest of things, such as absorbing nature’s blessings,making good first impressions, noting the changing color of leaves, writing a final sentence, and 13,996 more eye-opening things to be happy about. Flipping through the book helps remind me, “Hmm, I really do appreciate that,” or, “I should appreciate that more!”
Let’s try to savor the good parts in life …
(Photos by Lisa Fergus)