What did you do today to live full out? What moment did you seize today? To play with your kids, hold hands with your husband, smile at a stranger, tackle something on your to do list, or to let your light shine.
What moment did you own today to add a little sparkle to the every day ordinary? What moment will you remember 5 years down the road?
We often don’t think like this – but we should. We all know that life is short and that life is a gift but we get so caught up in our every day routines that we take it for granted, we forget about how special it is and we let stress lead the way.
I’m asking you to try and start thinking this way – to set an intention for each day. Without intention we get lost in the every day, but with an intention we have a goal, an aim and a focus. My intention for every day is simply to be aware, to be grateful, and to make it the best day I possibly can given whatever circumstances I’m dealing with at the time.
Life is here for us. It doesn’t happen to us, we are responsible for creating our own lives. Materially, we may not have what we want – the bigger house, fast car, name brand clothes. Physically, we may not have what we want – almond shaped eyes, a size 4 body, a smaller nose. But emotionally, we can control how we see the world and that’s the greatest thing. We might not have that big house or weren’t born with some physical feature that we want but those things aren’t what really matter. At the end of the day, it’s about appreciating what you have and creating more of what you love.
The more I practice gratitude, the more I appreciate my life.
The fact that I’m aware of what’s happening during the day and not on auto-pilot, allows me to be present for the every day moments I may otherwise take for granted. Like the time I fist bumped my son, trying to act like the cool mom, as he was getting on the bus for school. He giggled and his smile lit up his face, it was adorable! That’s a moment I want to remember. Or the night I had to work late and my 7 year old daughter drew random pictures, I love you notes and snowflakes on several pieces of paper and slid them under my office door. How cute and precious!
It doesn’t have to be an earth shattering event – think small and appreciate the little things.
One way to help capture these moments is in a journal. At the end of the day, I make a point to take 2 minutes and write 1 positive thing that happened that day or one moment I want to remember. This very simple thing has given me huge payback. I appreciate the people I love more, I feel more satisfied with life, and I do things I ordinarily may not do just because I’m focused on making every day special in some little way.
“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”
So ask yourself these 5 questions every day:
1 – What did I do today to make this day special?
2 – What moment did I seize today that might have otherwise slipped by me?
3 – What moment do I want to remember 5 years from now?
4 – What did I do for someone else today?
5 – What is 1 thing I could have done better?
It doesn’t take any effort or time, just by simply becoming aware you can dramatically change your life.
“Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things they are transformed.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh