Enjoy Your Moments
I was listening to a radio broadcast recently and the host made a statement that was profound. He said, “When I look back on my relationship with my Father, I can only recall six or seven moments with him.” The host explained that he had a great relationship with his father and shared many hours, days, and years with him; however, he could only recall a handful of special moments as he looks back on his time with his dad.
It’s not the mundane moments we remember, it’s the special moments. Maybe it’s a vacation or a weekend that you spend with someone special. Whatever the moment, they stand out, and are not the norm of our daily interactions. We assume that we’ll have many special moments, but that often is not the case.
It’s imperative to remember that we should not approach life like we will live forever and that we have plenty of time to create moments with those that we love the most. The truth is, the future is heartless and cares not for our plans and will roll over and destroy our best intentions.
I started a habit to deliberately plan my days and to meditate every morning on how I feel my day will play out. I list my most important tasks, appointments, and plug in the rest of the items I would like to complete for the day. My most important exercise is to list the special moments I’m looking forward to that day. It could be something simple as running a few miles with my son or going to the movies with my wife. Whatever it is, I take the time to list them, appreciate them, and anticipate them.
My goal is to appreciate the special moments I share with my family and close friends and be more intentional in creating them. I’m allowing spontaneity to rule the day and not become hampered by the constraints of the day. Most grow old with regret because they allowed their special moments to slip by without noticing them. They hold onto their memories and wish they had appreciated and created more of them.
I already regret experiences that I missed because I was chasing empty dreams and career aspirations, but I changed that and appreciate and create memories that will fill my old age with happy bliss as I recall the moments that uplifted and carried me through my life.
Life is not meant to be a continuous grind. It’s meant to be experienced and enjoyed. Tough times are ahead, but so are good times, fantastic times. Will you be ready when the good times are upon you? What special moment will you create today?