A couple of weeks ago I was telling my husband a story that started with “The Other Day…” and he’s looking at me all strange like…and I’m like “what?” and he said something along the lines “That was months ago!”
I’m not sure if it’s just obstinance or I the fact that I love getting a rise out of him but I maintained that unless it was TODAY…then, it’s the OTHER day…regardless of how much time has passed.
Much like the OTHER day – the idea that we’ll find happiness or whatever “IT” is we’re looking for in “THE NEXT” place will always leave us looking and searching. Until we start realizing that TODAY and THIS MOMENT is all that we have and that everything we NEED is right here we are left wanting.
But how??? It’s the million dollar question, and I’m not even sure there is a one size fits all answer. There are as many ways as there are people. I do believe however it starts with awareness and mindfulness.
Journaling / Reflection
I know – many of you roll your eyes when you hear journaling and reflection. Maybe you’re thinking “Dear Diary” journaling. Or a regurgitation of the day’s events. But that’s not what I’m talking about…but rather a journal that helps us slow down, be mindful, and discover patterns.
- In the morning, grab your coffee/tea, and write down three things you are grateful for – and then the next day start with #4, #5, #6 – keep going each day and before you know it you’ll have dozens of gratitude items.
- In the evening, write down THREE amazing things that happened during the day. Maybe they were external things, or perhaps they were internal – record your wins.
* Honestly, I’m terrible at nighttime journaling…if that’s you, do it in the morning for the day before – keyword is DO…do what works for you.
- And yeah – there is always room for improvement so write down one thing that you could have done better. Why only one? Because chances are you could create a whole list of better and will have a hard time on amazing. This exercise is to stay in today – not to tear us down.
Intentionally spending a few minutes a day with your thoughts will help slow them down. You’ll find yourself more able to stay in today and less so in the “OTHER” days.
Ray Stedman says “Isn’t it strange, that the more you run after life, panting after every pleasure, the less you find, but the more you take life as a gift from God’s hand, responding in thankful gratitude for the delight of the moment, the more that seems to come to you.”
Take the time this week to recognize the good things in life as gifts… Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!
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