So much to do; so little time.
Do you feel as if there are never enough hours in the day?
But if you are so focussed on completing the next activity: when was the last time you took time out to appreciate your blessings?
Perhaps, it is time for a reality check.
Consider the following scenario: what would you do if you, or someone you loved, were diagnosed with a terminal illness?
How would you react? Refuse to accept the reality of the situation? Get angry? Experience pangs of guilt as you recollect the things you were going to do when you had more time and money?
Or, would you immediately change your routine so as to spend more time with those who meant the most to you?
One thing is for certain: waiting until the wake to express a kind word, or to compliment the deceased is to wait too long as the dead tend to be hard of hearing.
Reminiscences about an endearing idiosyncratic trait, a fond memory, or a funny encounter are best served warm.
If, upon reflection, you want to appreciate more then here are some ideas for your consideration:
- View each new day as a bonus – what’s one thing you could do that would make each day special?
- Hug your loved ones – just because you can.
- Create a ‘Bucket List’ of the things you and your loved ones want to experience together. If a lack of resources is an issue: brainstorm alternatives, options, and possibilities.
- Give freely of your praise.
- Periodically stop to smell the roses.
The present is called that for a reason: it is a gift. But it requires appreciation and conscious effort to (re)organize each day so as to make the most of its bounty.
Copyright uncapIdeas 2016