I’m plagued by busyness. It hollows my mind and rots my heart. There’s this voice enticing me that constant work will arrive me at a dream destination, but in reality, I find myself physically beat-up and look it too.
It’s easy to fill a schedule, to load our days with a burden ensuring future success. But to look beyond tomorrow and long for accomplishment, to pack too much on the mule, is dangerous for the beauty of today.
I bet you’ve felt symptoms like this too. Your eyes baggy, body heavy, and thoughts fixated on an agenda, unknowingly losing your attention to a world that isn’t here.
As much as hard work is a valued trait, as true as diligence is to success, busyness is not worth it if we are missing out on the little things.
Hard work is easier to fall in love with when the little things are what fuel the tank.
To do this, we must live in the moment, we must refocus our vision on what’s happening in us and around us.
See it while you pass between places:
See the awe of a child as they receive a monstrous mint chocolate chip ice cream cone.
See the chuckles of the old man as his golden retriever licks his face in excitement.
See the joy on the face of the college barista as the coins tink into her tip jar.
See the grin that lasts and the steps that float as the young man departs from a farewell kiss.
Feel it while you pass between moments:
The air as it lifts and lowers your hair with a swift touch of wind.
The grooves bringing the girl in the corner of the elevator to tap her foot and bob her head.
The flutter of your heart when you read a text that makes your day.
The echo of your soul when you know you’re doing what you were made to do.
We miss these moments so often because we’re not present, we’re not attentive, we’re not alive.
Author David Deida notes, “Everything you do right now ripples outward and affects everyone. Your posture can shine your heart or transmit anxiety. Your breath can radiate love or muddy the room in depression. Your glance can awaken joy. Your words can inspire freedom. Your every act can open hearts and minds.”
It’s the little things that are the most beautiful moments in life. These in-betweens are what we’re working for, striving to create, but we forget them so often because hard work convinces us that we shouldn’t take the time to notice.
Stop. See. Feel. Celebrate. And live for the little things.
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