Life can be indescribable. Far too many things are going on at the same time, and too much is trying to get my attention. Life still happens, even when I am overwhelmed, frustrated, and absolutely burned out. I will admit that I have focused on the wrong things and sometimes missed important, priceless moments that I will never be able to experience again.
As a divorced mom of three boys, I have come to realize that sometimes the dishes can wait. The house does not have to be spotless. The car does not have to be washed right now. The errands can wait until tomorrow. A lot of things that seem imperative can really just wait.
Question: Are you enjoying your life right now? Are you able to look at what is going on around you and find at least one pleasant moment to enjoy?
If you are having trouble thinking of anything, my checklist below can help you.
Do you enjoy breathing?
Are you enjoying reading this blog post?
Did you enjoy eating within the last 24 hours?
Are you enjoying access to clean water for basic life necessities?
Without a doubt, 2020 turned out to be a challenging year for a lot of people. I found myself watching TV or listening to the radio and becoming saddened by the impact of COVID-19 on our world. Watching the news on TV seems unreal, and I keep wondering if it is a dream. Sadly, as you have seen, it is not a dream. Tragedies upon tragedies, upon mishaps, and they just keep happening. Not to mention the unbelievable disunity in our nation. This is why I am precisely writing; to remind you that life is short, so capture the moments. Capture them emotionally. Capture them mentally. Take photos. Be thankful. Smile and laugh a lot.
What if you have a lot of bad moments? Good question. Well, start now and purposefully create positive moments. Make a decision and put in a concerted effort to use a different lens to view your life. Make new moments for yourself and those around you to enjoy.
Did you know that enjoying your life is actually biblical? Check out this scripture from King Solomon:
On a good day, enjoy yourself; On a bad day, examine your conscience.
God arranges for both kinds of days so that we won't take anything for granted. Ecclesiastes 7:14 (The Message).
There is always something at any point in our day that is worth capturing and enjoying. If you don't believe me just reread my checklist above. I deliberately kept it very elementary to eliminate excuses. We often are blinded by the bad moments and the good moments go unnoticed. As a result, we magnify the wrong aspects of day-to-day living. I am not advising that you deny reality but don't be so overcome with life's negativity and miss the good moments.
You are the person you are today because of the moments (good and bad) you have had in your life.
People, situations, and mishaps come and go, but the capturing of the moments can last forever. Be wise. Take nothing for granted. Enjoy life. Capture your moments.