The other day I caught myself in the habit of focusing on all the things I want to change in my life. I’m sometimes so focused on the next accomplishment, that I sometimes miss out on appreciating what I already have. We all fall into that negative future talk and it seems so lighthearted, but what we’re really doing to ourselves is creating a huge load of tension and worry. Stop that! We could all be a little nicer to ourselves.
I recently read this article and came across several inspirational quotes that I ended up jotting down as a reminder to myself.
“Deep happiness cannot exist without slowing down to enjoy the joy.”
“When we neglect to appreciate, we rob the moment of its magic.”
“It’s the simple things in life that can be the most rewarding if we remember to fully experience them.”
This is such a simple concept yet once I gave it a second thought, I realized how bad of a rut I’ve been in. Do you ever have those moments? Where you read something you’ve read a hundred times before but this time, it made you pause to reflect for a moment? I love that.
So this month I’ve really been focusing on appreciating what I have right now. This is such a powerful and courageous thing to do for yourself.
It’s the little things that build your overall mood. Every time you grumble about how much you hate your job, remind yourself how killer awesome it is to have a job. When you’re kicking your car for not being shiny and new, go get it cleaned and remember how proud you were when you first bought it. It’s time to make yourself appreciate what you have; you owe this to yourself.
I want to challenge you to be courageous. Being courageous requires us to be aware of the things we want in the future but most importantly, it requires us to live in the moment and work with what we have.