Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Be in the Moment

Before I got sick last week, I was having a rough day. I had about an hour and a half to spare before I had to go to work. I was far enough away from home that driving home and hanging out wasn't going to happen so I decided to drive around and "get lost". 

 
As I was driving I found myself focusing more about things that happened in the past that bothered me, or things that I needed to get done. Past and future, that's what kept flip flopping around in my mind. I noticed that by doing this, not only was I stressing myself out more, but I really wasn't enjoying my drive. 


I took major issue with this. It was a beautiful day and I never get to just drive around with no intended end point, and I was wasting it by being upset about things that I couldn't change or worrying about things that I couldn't control. I started thinking about all the times I was in a great moment and I didn't get to appreciate that moment because I was thinking about past and future. 


So I decided to start thinking "be in the moment" and when I found my thoughts wandering to other things other than what was going right then and there, I would think "be in the moment" again. Eventually I ended up here:


It was like I was being rewarded for enjoying that free time a little bit more, and it felt so good. And a bad day ended up being a great day. 




Had any recent epiphanies lately?

4 comments:

  1. First, I love that word... epiphany. It rolls off the tongue nicely. Anywho. One of my favorite things to do is to drive and "get lost" in the moment. This is my favorite time of year to do so. I can't say I've had any recent ephipanies, I just always try to keep the mindset "hard is hard." Everyone has his or her own shit going on, and life is not a pissing contest. My hard isn't any harder than your hard. Hard is hard. When I want to roll my eyes at something someone says (most usually a whiny FB post) I take a step back and remember Hard is Hard. It's changed my life.

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  2. No epiphanies recently but I do have them on drives often.

    Wonderful photos to accompany your thoughtful post.

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  3. I love this. I haven't had any epiphanies lately, but I could really use one.

    What a beautiful view you stumbled upon. I need to go "get lost" for awhile.

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  4. Those e gorgeous photos!! What beautiful scenery!! Where do you live?

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