Seize the Day!

Seize the Day.

The past is to learn from, the future is to look forward too, but the present is here and now where we live. 

There have been times in my life when I have worked hard and enjoyed a sense of accomplishment when I finished projects at work ahead of time.  I worked to organize the work load, delegated and worked with others to see a task through to completion.

I can get caught up in the moment of trying to get a job done, finding new ways to do things, and helping others to succeed. 

One thing I haven’t fully mastered is that you have to make down time too.  Making time to relax, breathe in, enjoy the scenery and just take in the moments.  I do this in small increments, and take the time to meditate and exercise, both of which are important to help you recharge body, mind and spirit, but they can’t take the place of taking a vacation.

Sometimes I have to take time to just wander.  It’s in those moments when I am wandering that I find enlightenment, my creativity and then later, my next path.  J. R. R. Tolkien said, “Not all who wander are lost.”  I firmly believe and identify with that.  Sometimes I believe we need to wander a bit to find our way.

Looking back there is another interesting thing I found from time to time on this journey.  There were times when I simply waited to do something because I was waiting for approval.  Or I found excuses for not doing what I said I really wanted to do.  Excuses like: “the time isn’t right,” “I don’t have the money”, “I don’t have the resources”, or “my kids are small, I’ll wait.”

I can say that now I look back and the question becomes, did I want to do it?  I must not have wanted it very much because I just quit and never pursued some of the things I said I really wanted to do, I let my excuses get in my way.

Now, I know we all have the ability to direct our own thoughts, control our emotions and choose our destiny.  We can stop and become more aware of our reactions to situations. We have the resources we need in our life right now, if we will put away the obstacles and get out of our own way so we can see them. 

There are people around you every day that can offer suggestions, provide connections, mentor us, or even offer a helping hand for the things we wish to do.  How will you know what you can do or what resources you have until you seek the answers and take a chance on yourself?  Don’t give up, take another look, ask for a different opinion, and make new friends, you never know what you might find.

Cherry Coley ©

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