I use to live a busy life. My type A personality would zoom around from thing to thing, check box to check box, and rush through everything to get it all done by the end of the day. I use to drive fast and speed and swerve when cars were going too slow. I use walk fast and rush, afraid I would not get to my destination on time. I use to be use busy wondering what was next, that I would often miss what was now. Its funny what the mind does when you focus on the future and forget about the moment that is now.That was then this is now.
What is it about life that causes us to rush through everything and always be onto the next thing? Human nature I suppose. The business only keeps us doing what’s next, or stressing that perhaps we may miss something in the process. There is a simplistic art in learning to slow down. Beyond that, I’ve noticed you are able to appreciate a lot more. Maybe a car ride does take longer, and maybe you are a few minutes late to work than normal…. so what? The day will still go on, your work will still be there, and I bet no one even noticed. Why not slow down, catch a breathe, view the window, take in the scene, and turn up the music? If you are inspired, how about sing? Enjoy the moment for what it is. You may be surprised what you see along the way. Shifting gears, taking moments to live eyes wide open can lead you to see so much more. What once seemed every day normal, may begin to feel every day new, or better, make a better story and moment for your day.
I was taking a stroll along the beach, like I do multiple times throughout my week, and in my life. For the first time ever at this particular beach I was at, I saw whales breech out of the water. They were quite active and stuck around on top of the water for a while. I stood still, planted my feet into the ground, and took a moment. I stopped. I saw. I enjoyed. I saw. I witnessed. Then I noticed many others walking straight, down the shoreline, on the sand, with no ability to turn their neck or dare to gaze beyond what was in front of them. It was an interesting moment. Here I was, doing my yoga dance on the sand, smiling, and watching the whales, and no one else seemed to care or notice. It blew my mind. There are always new things to see when you can change your perspective, and dare to move beyond where you think you are going.
Has society really become so linear that all you see is forward? Being present is a gift. A way to explore more, to see more, and to enjoy every moment possible we have in this short life. Take a drive and dare to turn your head and see… find movement towards freedom and get out of the straight line destination you think you need to be on. Take a walk, look around, and see the world for what it really is —> a beautiful place with many moments to soak up and enjoy, if you can move around, shake your head, get a little loose, and see it.