I was listening to a lecture the other day and the speaker touched on how we all rush through things, multi task, whether it’s the smart phone, the tv, the radio, the computer. It’s like we need a constant distraction in the in between moments. We don’t realize that we are living our lives by simply rushing from one thing to another avoiding the present moment. There is always a plan and a goal to get to, but we tend to forget that how we get there is probably the most important part of it. Allowing ourselves to being present to the moment, whether that is enjoying dinner with a friend, a love or not needing to answer a million emails while you walk to the park. Having that little quiet time, is so important to keeping our internal peace.
It’s not the path, it’s the journey.
Now we have all heard this saying a million times, but do we really understand what it means. It really is in the details. While we are so anxious to get to our next meeting, class, or the supermarket, we sometimes rush through the most meaningful parts of our journey because we forget to be present in the moment. Sometimes when I leave my apt to ride my bike to the supermarket, I see my favorite orange kitty strolling along the parking lot. Whenever I see her, I stop and walk over and give her a little cuddle. She graciously accepts it and I just feel so happy when I get on my way. It can be as simple as that. Animals of all things, teach us compassion. If a little cuddle makes orange kitty happy, that’s such a little gesture with such a big reward, in my opinion.
For you, it may be something else, perhaps you stop and grab a coffee and you overhear a conversation about someone who is going through a similar situation as you and it helps you carry on your day. Or you bump into someone, who really needed a friend to talk to, so, instead of rushing your hello’s, you stop and ask them, how they are doing. Sometimes, all someone needs is a kind gesture, a concern to help them get through something. You may even overhear a job opportunity or a concert you have been wanting to see, while you sit and enjoy your coffee.
When I remember, while I ride my bike, I remind myself to be in the moment; notice the trees changing, the new buds, the new establishments, the wood burning smell :). You really do need to remind yourself, because it is very easy to get caught up in the “goal”.
The images on this post are of the The Retreat Golf Course on St. Simons Island. The beautiful colors made it super pleasant and easy to shoot 🙂