Wishing Away Time -- Seize the Moment & Be In It

Seize the Moment and Be In It

When I was sitting in the lobby of a law firm in late September waiting for a client to bring me to her office for our appointment, I overheard two members of the firm talking to each other. One said to the other, "If I can just get through the holidays, then..." I thought, wow, the holidays are 3 months away.

I replayed that phrase, over and over again in my head, "If I can just get through"...and started thinking about how often I've said the very same thing and have heard so many other people say it as well. Whether talking about a special event, holidays, a work project or even the seasons (can't wait until winter is over) etc. that phrase seems prevalent.

I realized that the reality of saying this is that time is being wished away. Where's living in the moment if we continue to wish such a limited and valuable resource away?

Think about what you are working on, be it a project or an upcoming event and see if you can find ways to enjoy and appreciate it more, even the difficult moments.

The reality is that it may be difficult to be thankful when we are facing difficult times (from which sadly, no one is exempt) but be careful about wishing time away. There are so many rich moments and times to cherish.

Robert J. Hastings wrote "The Station", a profound short story that compares our lives to taking a train ride. What he says is that "uppermost in our minds on this long trip is the destination."

Here are some quotes from his inspritational writing, "How restlessly we pace the aisles, damning the minutes for loitering -- waiting, waiting, waiting for the station. .... 'When I'm 18.' 'When I put the last kid through college.' 'When I have paid off the mortgage.' 'When I get the promotion.'

He continues, "Sooner or later we realize there is no station, no one place to arrive at once and for all. The true joy of life is the trip. The station is only a dream. It constantly outdistances us."

Enjoy your trip, even all the bumps along the way.

"A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results." --Anonymous

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Posted on June 4, 2014 and filed under Articles.