When you're not in the happiest head-space, your mind can be going ninety filling up with overthinking, anxiety and stress. Getting so caught up in thought means that we can't be totally present, we can't be completely immersed in life, and we miss our magic moments.
But it's these moments that make up our own individual lives. It's these little nuggets of life that can keep us smiling throughout the day. We've got to capture them before we lose them, take a mental photograph or even an actual one, and just really embrace the event as it happens. Life is an incredible journey and these simple little minutes of bliss, courage, embarrassment or excitement add colour to our whole experience.
Recently I've had some of my best moments and they're not big grande expensive experiences, some are just being in nature, looking at incredible views or even just meeting new people. Some are when I've realised I'm really being myself or I'm doing well at work. They're simple everyday things that just happen, but I wouldn't have bothered paying any attention to them before.
Chasing perfection or chasing busyness, meant missing out on moments that have given me so much joy now. It's taken plenty of miserable moments for me to begin to appreciate the great ones and now I just want to create more and more for myself and recharge from them whenever I need to.
So how can we start embracing these and pay them the heed they deserve?
- Stop: Slow down and take a minute to simply stop and just be. Slow down your thinking, bring yourself into the present and take in your surroundings. Some people find focused breathing helpful, some use their senses and some just take the time to have a good 'ol look around. Stop the racing thoughts and put down the neverending to-do list for just a few minutes and enjoy the moment you're lucky enough to be in.
- Take Notice: Maybe it's just realising you've got five more minutes in bed or you caught the bus just before it pulled off, but it's these little things that can be taken as great moments if we want them to be. Notice the beautiful autumnal colours or a good song on the radio and take it in as a moment of appreciation, really make a point of enjoying it and giving it your attention. See the extraordinary in the ordinary simple things. Think about it, if you can find the enjoyment in these small things, imagine how good everyday could feel.
- Take Note: Life is about creating memories and experiences for ourselves. These are cultivated from each moment that we take note of. Being fully present in the moment gives us the full feeling, the full picture and we can add it to the film reel of our lives. When you take proper note of these times, you can play them back anytime and relive that moment. Take photos, write notes and help yourself capture the things that make you smile, make you laugh and give you a sense of really living.
- Embrace opportunities: Make special moments where you might not realise they could be. Be spontaneous and embrace the possibility that life throws out. Dance if you want to, read a book, go for a walk, answer a call, make a plan, book a class. Create the things that you want in your life and put yourself into the moments that you don't want to miss anymore. They can pass us by and we can let them happen or we can choose to create more and more and really enjoy ourselves in the process. The choice, as always, is ours.
Rise to the challenge of slowing down and taking note of what's going on in life. We can get so used to racing past them leaving them in our midst while we bulldoze through the next ones, but it's so worthwhile and will only make life more interesting, exciting and fun.
Make the most of every magic moment, they're all yours for the taking.