There are seasons in my life where I spent more energy anticipating a future moment than I did living in the one I actually occupied. If I could just make it a few more days, weeks or months to that next milestone event, then those moments would be the ones I could truly enjoy.
I have lived the bulk of the last 22 years in Asia and some places have been harder to live in than others. During our nine years in Laos, I would dream of my trips to the US with its malls, shoe stores, grocery stores and sliced deli meats.
When the kids were babies I used to yearn for a time when they would bathe themselves and I could get out of the door without fifteen bags.
However, in a blink of an eye those days have all slipped into the annuls of memory. I have every store at my disposal now, but my kids have grown up and gone to college.
Dr. Seuss asked, “How did it get so late so soon?” I can’t think of a worse predicament than to reach the end of my life and wonder what in the world I did with it!
With each passing year, I am becoming more convinced that time must be lived and enjoyed in the moment, if it is to be enjoyed at all. I have to mind every moment.
Time is the great equalizer! It doesn’t matter our position or status in life; we all have the same 24 hours to live each day. It’s how we use the time that varies.
I am making a greater effort to live all the moments of my life…making sure to appreciate all the “in-between times” as much as those events I would have previously deemed noteworthy.
How about you…are you living each moment of your days? If not, it’s not too late to make a conscious effort to enjoy life’s moments.
How many times have you heard about a new restaurant or shop in the neighborhood only to realize you have passed it by for the last six months? I know I am guilty of going on auto-pilot when I hit the driver’s seat, but it’s amazing how much I notice and appreciate when I bother to actually look around.
Take time to look out the window when you are making your daily drive home. Or, turn up your favorite song and belt it out like it’s your big break to get picked up by a record label.
Make the extra effort to tell others what you are thinking. It’s easy to take people for granted; especially if we know that they are receiving compensation for their work. However, a word of kindness or a sincere observation binds us all a little closer and takes mundane activities to a deeper level.
I make a conscious effort to address servers and salespersons by name. Hey, that’s why they wear a name tag! Inevitably, I notice an immediate shift in a person’s demeanor when I address them by name. This simple humanizing act conveys that I recognize and acknowledge them.
We fixate on negative things we face. In fact, the accidents, mess-ups and misunderstandings of life can easily wring every ounce of joy from any given day.
Take a minute to review your day at least two hours before you go to bed.
You get the idea.
Our joy is ultimately determined by our perspective. Life is comprised of a string of mundane tasks with a spattering of extraordinary thrown in here and there. That means that the largest percentage of our lives can potentially go unnoticed unless we make a conscious effort to stand up and take notice.
Life is worth living…all of it!
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