- I pull the morning newspaper from the mailbox and take a deep draw on the crisp November air.
- I sip my coffee as the sun paints the sky – first gold, then pink, then blue.
- I laugh at a story a colleague shares, and thank my lucky stars for his awesome sense of humor.
- I wait at the supermarket checkout tickled by a cart-bound toddler sharing a lively game of peek-a-boo with the next shopper down line.
- I play a board game with my grandson and marvel at the fierce concentration that plays across his handsome little face.
- I stand in the midst of a funeral gathering and watch the eyes of one old friend light up at the approach of another.
Life flourishes in these simple moments of presence. The cares and preoccupations of the everyday world fade into the background, shifting from front and center to the sidelines.
Action: What’s the nature of your experience these days? One giant blur or crisp sharp moments of presence?
These experiences are present every single day, but are we? The moments are all we really have. Don’t let them pass you by – unnoticed, unmarked, unappreciated.
Set an intention to be as present as possible as often as possible. Pause.
Quote Of The Week: Our true home is in the present moment. To be in the present moment is a miracle. – Thich Nhat Hanh
Resource Of The Week: Here’s an interesting article from Greg McKeown: Reduce Your Stress In Two Minutes A Day
Readers Write: In response to last week’s message, Go Ahead…Make Your Day, Pause reader MW writes: Your question as to how did I start my day was most timely to read. I usually start my morning swimming laps at 7 a.m. That is a great way for me to start my day even when it is -28 C outside. Last night, as I was setting my alarm clock, I debated about going swimming today. To do so I would have to be at the pool shortly after 6 a.m. to meet my other commitments for the morning.
But, I decided to go swimming early and am so glad I did. I do my most creative thinking as I am swimming laps and I had a brainwave for a creative project I am working on. Plus the swimming always revitalizes me and gives me the energy to get through the busy and stressful times.