Life Coaching Tip: This story is a friendly reminder to be intentional about staying in the moment. When you notice your mind replaying unproductive, unhappy past events or imagining the catastrophes that might happen in the future, PAUSE, and anchor yourself in the present. Allow yourself to bask in the joy of NOW!
I love the way the snow glistens in the sunlight when I take a walk on crisp winter mornings. The stunning winter landscape combined with the sounds of the waves hitting the shore and the birds chirping fills me with a feeling of peace.
On one beautiful morning like this, I was overcome with feelings of gratitude as I strolled along on my walk, setting my intentions for the day.
When I saw another walker trekking up the path towards me, 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 bad! Did you hear about the blizzard that’s coming? We’re going to get pummeled! We won’t be taking a walk tomorrow thanks to the crappy weather.”
Then, he went along on his not-so-merry way.
I shook my head as he faded into the distance.
How sad! Why spend this magnificent day predicting how bad tomorrow might be?
I have learned the importance of allowing myself to take in the moments of bliss.
In the past, more times than I’d like to admit, I’ve missed out on life’s pleasures because I was either ruminating on negative memories or worrying about what might happen in the future. And the negative things that I worried about almost never actually happened. 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 replaying unproductive, unhappy past events or imagining the catastrophes that might happen in the future, PAUSE, and anchor yourself in the present. Allow yourself to take in the joy of NOW!
I recently came across this quote from a wise, old bear that made me grin. It 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 outlook. 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 could possibly be more important in this one and only life of yours, my friend?
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