I love the way the snow glistens in the sunlight when I take a walk on a crisp winter morning. This beautiful scenery combined with the sound of the waves hitting the shore and the birds chirping their morning songs fills me with a feeling of peace.
Recently, on one particularly beautiful morning like this, I was overwhelmed with a feeling of gratitude as I strolled along my walk, setting my intentions for the day.
When I saw another walker trekking towards me down the path, I couldn’t help but smile and share my enthusiasm for the delightful day. “Good morning,” I said. “Isn’t it a gorgeous morning?”
He stopped and smiled back at me, but then warned, “Yeah, but better enjoy it now because tomorrow is going to be really bad. Did you hear about the blizzard that is coming? We’re going to get pummeled! We definitely won’t be taking a walk tomorrow.” Then, he went along his not-so-merry way.
I shook my head as he faded into the distance. “How sad,” I thought. “Why spend this beautiful day predicting how bad tomorrow might be?”
Over the years, I have learned the importance of allowing myself to take in the moments of bliss.
More times in my past than I’d like to admit, I have missed out on good times because I was either ruminating on negative memories or worrying about what might happen in the future. And to top it off, the negative things that I worried about almost never actually happen. What a miserable waste of an enjoyable day!
So, this is just a friendly reminder to stay in the moment as much as you can. When you notice your mind reviewing unproductive, dismal past events or imagining the catastrophes that might happen in the future – STOP, and anchor yourself in the present. Allow yourself to take in the moments of joy!
I grinned this morning when I came across this quote from a wise, old bear that sums up this sentiment quite nicely: “Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits…” Winnie the Pooh.
There is so much insight in this simple sentence. If we can give ourselves permission to “just be” a little more and “thinks” a little less, we are more likely to capture the moments of delight that are all around us. What can possibly be more important than that?