Bigger houses, faster cars, more exotic vacations. Sometimes it seems like we’re constantly looking for what’s next; always racing to find something better.
WHEW! It can be exhausting!
That’s why I was so surprised when I looked out my window and saw this in my own back yard. A little Japanese garden my husband planted a couple of years ago, and it’s finally arrived. The beautiful flowering trees framed by the bright blue sky was breathtaking – and it is just steps away from my kitchen window.
It made me wonder how many other treasures have passed me by. What other precious moments have I missed with my friends or family because I’m too busy with what I HAVE to do right now.
A good friend once asked me: “Can you remember what happened in your life six months ago that was so important you couldn’t take the time to enjoy the people around you?”
And most of the time, my answer is “no.” I can’t remember which email or text or meeting was so crucial that I had to drop everything to be there. Now this doesn’t mean that you can blow off your responsibilities, but neither should you dismiss what is right in front of you in search of something you perceive to be better.
So take a deep breath, look around, and tell me what you see. What makes you stop for a moment and say: “Ah, now that’s lovely.” In this world of instant everything, take a break and just BE.