Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed. Corita Kent
He is blessed over all mortals who loses no moment of the passing life. Henry D Thoreau
Be always resolute with the present hour. Every moment is of infinite value. Boethe
Many of us are failing to “smell the roses”; missing out on many important moments. We should be sensitive to the seemingly little things that are priceless gems; things we too often take for granted. Our senses need to be tuned to “maximum” to become more fully aware of all that is going on all around us. Our powers of observation need to be heightened. Many wonderful things go unnoticed because we are not experiencing them.
The past has happened, the future has not arrived. We need to focus our attention in the present moment, the here and now. Too much time is spent regretting and reliving the past or thinking and worrying about the future.
Let us assume we want to get more from our life. We want to make better decisions, use time wiser and do more things for others. What keeps us from doing these things? We have good intentions. What holds us back? Time is moving too fast. We are creatures of habit. We like our comfort zone and have myriads of excuses for doing things the way we do. We are not sensitive enough to what we are missing.
Sometimes we need a fresh perspective. We are capable of visualizing our lives in the very present moment; able to see everything in super slow motion. This makes us “extremely” aware and observant of many fine details and nuances that we normally miss. It is like “instant replay” in a professional football game. We can be acutely aware of the seconds as they pass. We can observe and see much more; able to appreciate much more; the perfume of a rose, the wings of a fluttering butterfly, the puffy clouds passing, a light breeze on our brow, someone’s smile. There are many such moments we could enjoy. There is much we could relish and appreciate.
Life presents us with many options, choices and decisions. Much is missed, because we are in too much a hurry or not “tuned in”. Too many “moments to cherish” go unnoticed. We are not getting our money’s worth. Many wonderful and worthwhile experiences and memories are being wasted. We should slow down; observe and appreciative life “moment by moment”. Life is like going out to eat, do we really only want fast food or do we want a meal that is worth remembering and savoring? The choice is ours to make.
Challenge: In many respects your destiny is in your own hands. Are you managing your life, opportunities, and experiences in such a way that you are enjoying and savoring the special moments? Is your life on fast forward instead of playing at a speed that allows you to enjoy the moments? Do you need to fine tune or acquire a new perspective? Determine to be more disciplined and take time to smell the roses. Relish life moment by moment.
Wisdom: To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom. Ralph W. Emerson.
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
Some of those who have had near death experiences have written that they were allowed to observe and relive their life in such a way that made them very aware and mindful of all the many wonderful opportunities and things they missed out on. We are told our eyes and minds will be opened and we will have knowledge and wisdom that we are lacking in this life. The more we look to God, the more he will open our hearts and minds.
Prayer: Help me to be aware of the opportunities I have to stop and smell the roses.