“We are so busy in our life looking out for what is ahead of us, that we forget to appreciate and enjoy where we are and how far we have come.”
Can you resonate with this?
How we can be more present in our lives to enjoy the simple things? Enjoying today, the here and the now. Even though we are going after our biggest dreams let’s not lose sight of the beauty and the blessings of the now, the present moment.
We live in a fast food world, a get rich quick, cut corners world. And I have talked about this before on Dream Big NS, about how it affects entrepreneurs and even our children. Something happened yesterday that really got me thinking. I was in the shop getting a window in our vehicle changed out, and I was sitting in the room and watching the employees changing out windshields on the vehicles and I was thinking to myself how incredible that they can change out a windshield so quickly. All of the technicians seemed to be quick and know what they were doing. In that moment I was appreciating the ability to have a windshield replaced so quickly, and gosh they even will come to your home and replace it right out in your driveway. Anyway, in walks this guy who wanted to get his windshield replaced, and he opened the door, walked in and looked around to see a few people sitting waiting for their vehicles. He then said out loud, wow! This looks like way too long of a wait, never mind, and turns around and walked out. I was thinking to myself, wow, have we become so much in a hurry and have such high expectations wanting everything right now. I was wondering what his expectations were. They actually only took 45 minutes to change ours out which I was so impressed. Anyway, less than 5 minutes later another man walked through the door and went up to the desk. He began to get agitated and annoyed with the gal at the front desk. Telling here that he can’t sit for hours waiting for his car, that he has important work to do. I was shocked to hear this man that was so in a hurry and wondering to myself if he was so busy, why did he choose today to do the work? Or better yet, maybe drop the car off so that he could come back to pick it up at the end of the day.
Do you see where I am going with this? How many times as parents have we spent hurrying our kids through the process of homework, dinner, cleanup, and bedtime routine, and forgetting to enjoy the time together? Appreciating the food together, or appreciating the new things your kids are learning. We can do this with our husbands too, women, right? I know I am guilty, and this isn’t to bring guilt, it’s about reminding ourself to take time to smell the roses and make a shift. My Entrepreneur women out there, take time to create your passion and your dream. When you go out to a restaurant have more patience for the waitress or your food coming.
I want to give you some shift align transform techniques today to help inspire some conscious moments in your day to refresh and also to appreciate right where you are at, right now! Because you are right where you need to be and where you are supposed to be. There is no looking behind thinking “what if” and no looking ahead to keep planning. Let’s make today and over the next week some time to slow down. To just slow down.
So where in your life do you feel rushed right now? It doesn’t matter where, or what your answer is, just answer yourself honestly. Where do you feel like you don’t have enough time, or you’re not doing enough or you want to “hurry” and get to something or somewhere.
Close your eyes and take a moment to think of a time where you felt rushed. Go through the event like its happening right. Go through an event, recently if you can, where you felt you didn’t give yourself or someone else the attention they or you deserved. Maybe you were in too much of a hurry to get somewhere or get something done. Let’s go back to that time right now. What if you could give yourself and the others that were in this event more time? What would you choose to say or do?
Let’s do that. Imagine you had it to do all over again. This isn’t about regret this is about consciously connecting to things that we want to shift for the future, for the next time opportunities are presented for us to gain the most out of it that we can.
So now think about this event happening again in the future. Think of the tiny things that you can focus on or think about that make it so much richer, your life experience. What are you going to say to the person, or better yet, how are you going to slow your own self down so you can embrace the treasures of life?
What is most important in this event? What is most important in your life right now? I hope your eyes are still closed and you’re taking this time for you. What is your why? What lights your spirit up and gets you motivated for the things you really enjoy doing? Aligning yourself to what matters. Do you know what that is?
It’s important to evaluate things in your life on a regular basis. Sometimes we are in a hurry and don’t even know why. Have you ever felt that way? Taking a shower really fast, only to hurry and get done to move on to the next thing. Over this next week, I am encouraging you to look at where you may be rushing and allow yourself to take time for you, take time for your loved ones. When you are sitting with your husband, boyfriend, children, neighbors, friends, make sure that you look them in the eyes and put your phone down and really pay attention to them like they are the most important person.
Remember, time is 100% in your control. You get to dictate the perspective on time. Re-write the rules. My guess is that if you are listening to today’s message then it is an area in your life that is calling to you to re-evaluate. There really is no wrong way, as what works for you is completely up to you.
Here are some ideas for you to take some time for you:
# 1 Take a long quiet walk – go out and smell the fresh air, take in some vitamin D, and appreciate all the beauty Mother Nature has to offer.
#2 Treat yourself to a spa day at home. – Take a long, relaxing bath by candlelight, or give yourself a facial with a mani/pedi. Put on some soft music and use this time as a relaxation for you and only you!
#3 Do yoga/meditate – Yoga and meditation is a great stress reliever and also a great way to stay centered, calm, and relaxed.
Here are some ideas for you to take some time for your loved ones:
#1 Face-time, Skype, or chat with someone who lives far from you– Connect with someone that you have been meaning to call or connect to. It will be a great way to unwind and feel the love from people you care about.
#2 Take your husband, best friend, or child on a date that is on you – Take a moment to really plan it out to do something that this person really loves. If you don’t know, I encourage you to find out. Take the time to savor every moment with this person, as none of us are promised tomorrow. This is how we can appreciate the ones that we care about in our life.
*Savor the moment ~ This also allows you to connect with what inspires you. Ask yourself often what inspires you and as you savor the moment see what you notice!
*Practice Conscious Living ~ Mindful living makes life so much more relaxing and stretches out time so that we can do great things.
*Slow Down ~ When you slow down you can stop to help others more often rather than always being in a rush to get to your next destination.
*Focus on one thing at a time ~ Enjoy the moment and one thing at a time.
*If you slow down and are mindful ~ Ask your inner-self questions so you can tune into yourself. Trust that you will always know the answer.
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