Talayah G. Stovall
“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Summer is almost over (in Chicago, at least) and many of us are trying to maximize these last summer days. Each season has its benefits and drawbacks, but we have to stick it through, knowing that, good or bad, each one will end. Just like the calendar, we have seasons in our lives and we have no choice but to pass from one to the next. I believe in enjoying the journey. How about you?
I was running late (hard to believe, right?) for my auto service appointment. As I drove, I shoveled my breakfast into my mouth, so that I could be done with it quickly. “Only a couple of bites left,” I thought. As I picked up the last bite, something made me pause before it reached my mouth. “Wow!” I thought. “This is really good!” It was the last of the eggs, and I realized that I wanted to really enjoy that final burst of flavor before I switched to the last piece of bread. Why was I eating so fast? Was I really in such a hurry that I couldn’t even enjoy the taste of my food? No; I had plenty of time before I reached the dealership; I was just in hyper mode. I decided that if I was taking in the same number of calories regardless of the speed of ingestion, I might as well relax and enjoy them.
Earlier that morning, I’d been focusing on an area of my life that I was dissatisfied with. I was impatient and ready for some things to start happening. That breakfast suddenly reminded me of the importance of appreciating the entire journey. After all, my life is pretty great; I don’t have any real complaints. I just get impatient sometimes. I guess we all do. I realized that I’d be better served by appreciating all of the blessings in my life and by enjoying where I am right now. Then, when I move to the next phase, I’ll enjoy myself there as well.
How often do you rush through life, trying to get to the next task, the next meeting, the next errand, without taking the time to appreciate what is going on around you? Are you rushing through your interactions with a relative, friend or business associate, because you are trying to get to the next person, place or thing on your task list? Why not give your full attention to the person in front of you (the cell phone isn’t going anywhere)? Is there a life situation that is frustrating you and you find yourself living only for the time that your situation will change? If so, you might want to slow down and appreciate the moment you’re in.
Life is a series of ebbs and flows. Nothing is static – not careers, finances, relationships or health. We might not know what the next step will be, but we can enjoy the stair we’re standing on.
Talayah G. Stovall is the author of Light Bulb Moments: 75 Lessons for Everyday Living, published by Hay House, a keynote speaker and certified life purpose coach who guides others to tap into their gifts and use their passion to live in their purpose. www.talayahstovall.com.