It’s been a very busy year. I don’t pretend to think I am alone in thinking this. I have an amazing friend who just completed her Ph.D., start to finish, in two years. Now that is busy! (Way to go Stacy Jones!)
For too many of us, life gets too busy, even overwhelming. Our purpose becomes getting from Monday to Friday. I ask you to have a better goal today than to get through the day. I ask you to slow down and enjoy the day. I promise you there is something enjoyable that you are going to miss as you rush by it – bird singing, a sunset (I hear these happen every day ?) a chance to be thankful, a chance to be present.
If we slow down and are truly present in each moment this day will be different than most. We may hear our loved ones trying to tell us something that we have not been hearing. We may see the beauty that we have been missing.
I want you to make yourself present within the moment as much as you can today.
– Think about what is happening now, not about what still needs to be done.
– Put a sticker on your cell phone to remind you to slow down and just enjoy the moment.
– Set an alarm on your phone and when it goes off simply look around, take a deep breath and notice one good thing.
We are surrounded by pretty amazing things and people every day. Today, let’s notice them.
I have a 98-year-old patient who was dying and told me; “98 years goes by in a blink. Spend your time doing things that matter.”
It’s hard to define what matters. There are things that must be done whether they matter or not – I get that. But do we ever really think about whether we are spending our time in ways that will make us feel full-filled at the end of our 98 years?
If today was your last day would you do or say something different? If I asked you to take the next 30 seconds and think about what matters to you, could you do something today to emphasize those people and things that matter?
– Tell your child you are proud of them, not for one thing they do but for who they are.
– Think of someone that you are amazed by or someone you greatly respect. Drop that person a quick text to tell them what they do that amazes you.
– Reach out to someone who is suffering a loss and show them love. You don’t have to say anything magical just send a text or card or call to let them know you care.
– Put down the electronics and be present with the people you love. Nothing shows you care like your undivided attention.
As you check off the list of all the things you have to do today, do something that matters. Something that you will know at the end of your 98-year life mattered to someone. That thing that matters will likely change the course of someone’s day. It will definitely change the course of your day.
I would like to invite you to join me on the seven-day Try A Little Harder to Be a Little Better (#TLHBLB) Challenge. I am going to commit to focus on one thing a day to improve my life for the next seven days. If we focus our efforts to “do a little better” could this change your life, your relationships, your family, the world?
For the next seven days, I am going to post a suggestion for directing your thoughts and efforts for that day. I hope you will join me in this #TLHBLB challenge.
Feel free to share this challenge. We want to start this holiday season by helping as many people as possible to direct their minds, efforts, and intentions to things that matter.
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