Hat tip to Paula Abdul, who I just saw in concert this weekend (yes, she’s still got it).
I make it a point every day during my day job work day to step outside the office and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine.
I have found this secret little nook a short walk from my office where I hide away for anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes, enjoying the sunshine, the sounds of the birds, and the peace of mind. Sometimes I chat on the phone, sometimes I read my book, and sometimes, I literally just sit and do nothing.
It’s a quiet spot, and not many people pass by.
Yesterday, however, as I was sitting there, a little boy and his mother approached. The little boy was excitedly climbing on the benches and walls, exploring and enjoying the moment. The mother, however, just kept calling out to him “HURRY UP, LET’S GO”. Kids being kids, this boy wasn’t in any rush to get anywhere and took his sweet time catching up to her, all the while, she kept rushing him to “Come along, hurry up!”
Obviously, I couldn’t possibly have any idea where the mother was rushing off to, and if she was late for an appointment, had a bus to catch, or a friend waiting for her. I don’t know what her urgency was, and whether it was genuinely based on needing to be somewhere.
But I couldn’t help thinking about all the many different ways we rush through our lives. The many different times in life where instead of being like the little boy, instead of exploring our surroundings, enjoying the adventure, and leisurely taking our time to be present, we rush along.
How often do you catch yourself mumbling “HURRY UP” at the person crossing the street in front of your car? How often do you curse out the driver in front of you taking their sweet time taking that left turn? How many times a day do you check your watch imploring it to move faster?
Are you rushing through life?
Are you in such a hurry to get to the next moment that you are completely oblivious to the one you’re in RIGHT NOW?
I’m certainly guilty of this myself. Counting down the hours until clock out time at work. Marking how many days left until vacation on my calendar. Rushing to get through my “have to do” list so I can move onto the next project or adventure.
Obviously, there is nothing wrong with being excited about an upcoming trip or even that television show you’ve been waiting all week to watch. Anticipation can actually bring great Joy. Having something to look forward to is a wonderful thing.
However, I wonder if we don’t miss out on the Joys of the present moment when we’re so forward focused all the time.
I decided quite a while back to be more PRESENT in my daily life. I even made a pact with myself that if I was stuck in traffic (which happens pretty much on a daily basis), I would sit back and enjoy the time to myself to do one of my favorite things, which is listen to music.
You’d be amazed at how quickly my road rage dissipated once I made the conscious decision to enjoy the moment I was in.
That’s not to say there aren’t still days when I catch myself running behind schedule and the traffic makes me batty…but even in these circumstances, I’ve learned to appreciate the moments.
We all live very “BUSY” lives (that word is a whole other blog post), and we all have places to be and things to do. But the thing about this life is we only get THE ONE. And what I have realized is I don’t want to reach the end of it realizing I was in such a hurry to get THROUGH, I never took a moment to live it.
Don’t rush so much…everything you’re going toward will still be there 5 minutes later. And it if isn’t? Maybe there’s a reason for that.
I’ll be chatting more about this LIVE tonight at 9PM/EST over at FIND YOUR JOY, I’d love to have you join us!