The fields at the back of the house completely white with frost, and the low autumn sun sneaking up, making everything shine with colour. Spectacular.
There are moments in life that take your breath away.
When you stop, and go “wow!”. This morning was one of them.
Someone once said that the quality of a life perhaps could be measured not in how many moments you have, but how many moments that took your breath away. That the question of whether there is life after death is irrelevant, people should concern themselves only with whether there is life BEFORE death.
The trouble is with “wow” moments is that people don’t put themselves in the way of them enough.
Life is lived at such a fast pace that showing up to now is rare -
“I’ll just get this done, and that done, and then I’ll stop” … you know it, you know you never seem to get to the end of your to do list. So busy thinking and doing and rushing around - so how will you ever fill a life with “wow!”?
In fact, a life of “why?” can become “normal” - as in “why is this happening to me?!”
It’s a tragedy because a whole life can be lost, just through not paying attention - and yet it’s the simplest thing to do. Mindfully giving your attention to the one thing in front of you.
Remembering to look up and away from your phone at the far view, at what’s around you. Remembering to stop and check out of the frantic nature of your own mind, even just for a breath or three.
The amount of wow moments you have is directly related to how often you come out of your busy head and appreciate what there is, here, now.
I know you're busy, I know people are depending on you. But no one is going to do it for you - you’re going to have to build that habit of being more Awake and Alive yourself. So rewarding it is. So great to really live, no matter how busy your life feels. So great to live a life of wow.
And how happy will your loved ones be, when they get the best version of you back? Super dooper happy.
You can do it.
If you'd like to be more mindful - here's a free 7 day challenge that will be right up your street.
Everything you need to build the mindfulness "muscle":
There's even a very supportive challenge Facebook group for you to check out (details in above link).