No matter how you say it, each of these feelings or perspectives requires slowing down, doesn’t it? We need to pause, notice and acknowledge what’s happening right now.
We also need to feel comfortable with who we are, how we behave, act and react, how we choose to spend our time and who we choose to have in our life.
Appreciative. Thankful. Grateful. Mindful. Blessed.
How can we feel blessed or grateful if we sometimes catch ourselves looking and yearning for more, not satisfied “yet” with who and what is in our life. Not yet. Why bother? Happy people live longer and with a higher quality of life’s moments.
How do you make this change today so that your tomorrows are filled with more of what matters to you? Start small.
One day, a woman I know stood in her bedroom, folding clothes as she looked outside the window. Her mind wandered as her gaze moved from the lush, cool grass to the curved crisp white brick tree, to the woodpecker in the next tree.
One moment during her fast paced day to pause …
To pause to absorb all the details of the nature outside her window.
To pause to appreciate that this was her view each day.
To pause to feel the warmth of the clothing, and to realize that she was doing much more for her family than the laundry.
To pause and watch the bird land atop the barn, which then led her to think about herself in the context of the whole environment of living things around her.
To pause and think about where all this started, how it grew, how it had changed over time. How she had changed over time.
And her thoughts kept expanding, as did her appreciation, the larger her world became. How broad her appreciation and gratitude became has she reached outside herself.
Looking outside her home, appreciating what she saw, she realized she didn’t have to “find time” in her days for a 20 minute meditation, as she’d been reading about and had longed to try. All she needed was that moment.
One small moment is all you need. Start small and soon you’ll notice your perspective will be different as you move through your days.
You have the ability and every day we all have the choice to slow down and appreciate. It doesn’t have to be a 20 minute session. Once you begin, you’ll notice more of what there is to appreciate about each aspect of your life and where you are happy already.
And from there, you’ll narrow in on where you might like to make some changes, small or large.
This ties directly to creating time in your days for what matters, because you’ll have a clearer sense of what does matter. And then you can begin to make choices, in each moment, choices which are more in line with what matters to you.
In appreciation of you,