It is easy to get caught up in this thing called life and end up missing out on all the little things. We can get so lost in the ‘bigger picture’ that we’ll lose site of the little things that make this life fun and exciting. Keeping our families going requires us to keep the bigger picture in mind but does it at the same time keep us from seeing the tiny moments each moment of the day? We strive so hard to get to that next level at work that we forget to sit back and enjoy what we have right at that moment.
It can be said that who we were yesterday is no longer the person we are today. The person we were an hour ago is not who we are right now. We haven’t changed physically but as each moment passes we learn things, make decisions, take a right instead of a left and we change. The person we were is dead. Gone. Dust. We are left with the person we are right this moment…and then he/she is gone in the blink of an eye. We cannot go back and change what that dead Us did, we can only deal with the consequences of the actions that person took. This means that we must live in the here and the now and make correct decisions regarding our actions and our thoughts every single moment of the day. Goals and tomorrow are not unimportant but they will take care of themselves as we get to them. Long range goals are not bad as a guide but as I’ve said before we get too caught up in them and lose what we should be experiencing and enjoying right now. Anything else is a waste of time.
How do we get there? There probably isn’t any one right answer. Each of us are different and each of us see the world differently but I think there are a few ideas that will aid all of us in seizing the moment and living life to its fullest on a more regular basis. The below ten steps are ten steps that I try to follow as often as I can. They’ve worked more often than not for me, try a few out and see if they’ll work for you.
1.) Find something you love or think you would love to do, learn about it and then do it, NOW.
2.) Be better today than you were yesterday.
3.) Decide how your life should be, the type of person you want to be and then BE IT. Make no compromises when it comes to who you think you should be.
4.) Recognize the difference between a smart-hustle and a stupid-hustle.
5.) At least one time a week, leave the multi-tasking to corporate types, and be single minded in your pursuit for an hour. Embrace the tunnel vision.
6.) Do what you love and then tell the world about it.
7.) Love you some you.
8.) Turn off all of your electronics for an hour once a week.
9.) Spend at least five minutes a day meditating.
10.) Remember that expectations are your worst enemy. Just roll with it. If something doesn’t work out, it’s okay, enjoy what did work out.
|Stop to see the flowers|
Today’s world flies by at nearly the speed of light. One year turns into two and then three and before you know it a decade has passed you by and that thing or that person you wanted to do/be is gone and the time for it is over. Speed is an awesome thing. The sensation of the wind in your face, the rush of adrenaline is amazing but sometimes slowing down and enjoying the world as it goes by you is just as awesome. I’ve ridden some absolutely awesome trails on my mountain bike but it always amazes me that when I hike these trails or run them the things I’ve missed; a flower, a log, an animal watching me. The list above can be you taking a timeout and hiking a trail you usually speed down on two wheels. Take that time out. Enjoy those little quick moments in life and in turn we will experience a better quality of life for the rest of our lives.