I was on my porch one morning this summer, and I noticed a cardinal a few feet away. He looked right at me, but didn’t fly away. I watched him for several minutes, and felt very lucky about the rare opportunity to see the cardinal in my back yard.
And then it hit me. The cardinal is probably a regular visitor to my yard. What made the moment exceptional was not the cardinal, but the fact that I had paused long enough to notice him.
A few years back I took a trip to Hawaii. I spent most of the time either thinking about work, or focused on making sure the trip went smoothly for the family. What I didn’t do enough of was to stop, look around, and appreciate the amazing beauty around me.
My body was in Hawaii, but I wasn’t really there.
Life is lived in the moment. We live in a world that offers us infinite opportunities to distract ourselves from living in the moment and focusing our attention on what matters most to us. Don’t take the bait.
Take a moment to pause, open your eyes, and appreciate life.