How about this for a New Year’s resolution: slow down and live in the moment.
All our lives, we have been taught to look forward. We can’t wait to get there–wherever that place may be. And in looking only to the future, and in working so hard to blaze trails in our careers or looking for our purpose in this world, wishing for greener pastures, we sometimes miss the here and now.
The younger ones wanted to be older. They wanted to be in an age where they are allowed more freedoms like driving and working. The older ones, however, wanted to turn back time. One man expressed that he wanted a complete do-over and become 2 years old again, saying that there are things he could have done differently.
A 67 year old woman shared that she was in such a hurry to get through life that most of the years were a blur. She regretted not living in the moment. But when asked what advice she could give, she said, “Embrace everything in your life as is it today.”
So this year, let’s try to live in each and every moment, every single day. Let’s cherish both the happy times and the bad. Say “Carpe Diem!” more, but most importantly, let’s be grateful for what we have today, and appreciate that we are where we are meant to be at this very moment. Be still and breathe it all in. While we do have plans and have to spend a lot of time working towards our goals, remember that plans do change most of he time, anyway. So let’s not fall into that trap of looking so far forward that we only see through tunnel vision, missing so much along the way.
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