Why is it such a challenge to live each and every day to its fullest as if it were our last? I know that God gave us this life so that we may rejoice and be glad in it, but somehow the inevitable creeps in and we are clouded in a fog of worry. Worry in our work, or lack there of. Worry in what people are thinking of us. Worry in what others are doing around us, or what we’re doing around others. Financial worries. Health concerns. These are all components of the inevitable, the unavoidable “things” of life that consume our thoughts and cloud our heads. With everything we face on a daily basis it’s not hard to see how easily we can go into tunnel vision, forgetting about the big picture, which is ironically the smallest and simplest of things that touch our lives every day.
I want to see and hear the birds on my morning walk to work. I want to see the friendliness of the barista who greets me with open-arms and a smile when I’m buying my morning coffee. I want to notice the expressions on people’s faces who are walking around heads buried in their phones. I even want to feel the bitter Minnesota cold that pierces my face. And as the days continue on, I want to see, hear, feel, touch and smell all that there is to smell, touch, feel, hear and see! I want to use these senses that we often take for granted, these senses that not everyone is as fortunate to experience as many of us are.
About Time is a movie I recently watched that beautifully illustrates living our every day lives to the fullest. The movie uses time travel to help us discover the secret of happiness in our lives.
If you’re like me and need help remembering to live life in the everyday, here are a few ideas to help you along the way
About Time – You must watch this movie if you’re looking for inspiration in this department! It’s a beautiful movie with many beautiful messages. Little Miss Sunshine is another movie that, for me, releases stressors and reminds me not to take myself too seriously.
Take a yoga class– Yoga has the power to expand your awareness, taking you out of that tunnel vision state of mind.
Replay your day – Play the day over in your head noticing the details that you didn’t see the first time around, or remembering the moments that you want to experience again. We don’t all need time travel to learn how to do this!
“ I just try to live every day as if I’ve deliberately come back to this one day, to enjoy it, as if it was the full, final day of my extraordinary, ordinary life” – from About Time
“All we can do, is do our best to relish this remarkable ride” – from About Time