So many times we get caught up in the destination and forget to enjoy what really matters. The present is truly all that we have. It doesn’t matter about the past. Though we may have keepsakes, pictures, and mental memories to hold on to, we only really have this moment because that is all that is real. Here are some steps that I will try and can also help you enjoy your journey:
- Slow Down and Breathe- Sometimes taking a deep breath can help you relieve stress, but also help you to realize exactly where you are. How many times do you “unengage” in activities? We drive to and from home without even thinking about the drive, we mindlessly eat our meals, and we have learned to tune out the people that we interact with, who are more than likely the people we are closest to. Practice slowing down to fully engage in your daily activities.
- Laugh- Humor is medicine for the soul. Make it a habit to find the humor in daily life. Laughing can relieve stress and also prevent it. Take time to laugh. If you have trouble finding the humor in your life, read funny stories, listen to your favorite comedian, or watch comedies. Remember that life is to short to spend the all little time you have crying and stressing out.
- Love-Open yourself up to give love and to receive it. Start with yourself and then work this out with the people that are near and dear to you. They are here to be loved, and you are here to be loved.