Since last week, when I quite literally decided one day to stop over-thinking and trust my heart more than I ever have, my perspective has been changing rapidly. Each day I've been learning something new. It's been a process of stretching: tearing down the walls I had built and rezoning my comfort zone. It's been tiresome, and even though I haven't been getting much sleep, I'm more alert than ever. Why? Because I realized I don't want to waste a single moment more.
For the majority of us, we don't appreciate what we have right in front of us. We don't appreciate the sunrise because we're too caught up in the realization that 5 AM is just too early for most of us (even for me, the self-proclaimed morning person). We don't stop to admire the sunset because dinner has to be cooked, dishes need to be washed, and kids need to be chauffeured around. But if we begin to recognize that every moment we have is a gift, we will begin to notice the millions of small things our day is composed of. Find these moments. Appreciate them. They could be torn from our lives at any second. Recognize these moments as something you don't want to lose.
This philosophy is simple. Turn the "I have to" into "I get to."
I don't have to love anything in this world, but I get the opportunity to do so. Love is something that takes hard work and dedication. Love is choosing to say "yes" each and every time. Love is recognizing something you don't want to lose. Say yes to love more.
Allow me to compare this is our love of the sun: It's something we get to experience each and every day. But this isn't something we appreciate until it's gone. The clouds move in and only then after days of the sun's absence do we realize we miss it. We've forgotten to appreciate the things right in front of us. These are things we can't lose.
It's true, what they say about the present being a gift. It really is. Focusing on the present has provided me the opportunity to see everything as a special gift that I've been lucky enough to receive. And since none of us know how much time we're gifted, I don't want to squander any moment of the present.
Focus on the present.
Appreciate every moment.
Say "yes" again.