I think life, for most, is a constant battle to find balance. We aim to balance the things we love to do, relationships, necessary activities, personal well-being, satisfying the needs of those around us, and our means to make a living. Often times, our necessary activities, means to make a living and satisfying others needs tend to get in the way of us doing the things we love, or finding time for our own personal well-being. We let our hobbies get pushed to the side. We stop caring about our spiritual, emotional, and/or physical health. The relationships that are dear to our hearts begin losing value and sentiment, and begin turning into a burden of something that must be maintained.
Our days are so often lived without even realizing that the moments are passing us by. We wake up, begin our routine, take care of the things that need to be taken care of, and speak to the people that need to be spoken to. We spend our entire
days rushing from point A to point B with no sense of direction, only a sense of knowing it must be done. Everything around us pulls us in a million different directions requiring us to engage our minds and emotions in something that we really have no passion for. Then we come home to sit aimlessly in front of a television or Facebook simply because it requires nothing from us. We have no obligation to think, speak, or actively engage in these things. They will just sit there and pass time for us until we decide to call the day quits and wake up to do it again.
But what happens when you stop? When you stop letting time pass. Stop being involved in moments that you haven’t even registered you are in. Stop letting each moment be stacked so heavily on top of one another that they blur into days, months, or years. Stop being a drone trapped in this thing you dare call life. What then?
What would you feel? What would you experience? How would your world change if you stopped it all and started living moment by moment? If your life were to be lived with intention and purpose how would it look differently than it does now?
I want that difference. I want to wake up each morning with a passion for the day laid out in front of me. I want to stop and hear my cat purr as he wakes up on the foot of my bed. I want to stop and enjoy every sip of my morning tea. I want to do a 30 min yoga session, because my body deserves it. I want to choose each moment of my day and allow myself to take pleasure in it no matter how simple it may be. I want to be intentional.
Having always been a deep thinker I have spent many years of my life devoted to finding true happiness. I feel I’ve accessed it at many points throughout my life and tend to generally live in contentment, but it will never be something I stop seeking. The question that always ends up being the means to finding happiness is “what is my purpose?” It never ceases to fail that time after time that question reappears. Sometimes the answers is found in my spiritual walk, other times its in support and strength I can offer to a friend in need. The answer changes every time. But what I have found to be the crucial part is that I never stop asking.
What is my purpose? What is my intention? Once I find the answer to this question is when I can start making my moment matter. I can begin living my life enjoying each moment as it comes my way, because I have chosen that moment. I am no longer doing something out of sheer habit, but instead out of desire. I begin taking a moment and living in it right now. Experiencing it for what it is instead of dwelling or worrying about what’s in the past, what’s been stressing me out, or what others are expecting of me. It allows me to find joy in even the necessary things that I must do throughout my day. When I live with intention I can see more clearly why I am doing each of the things I am doing. I can clear out the junk and refocus my thoughts. Refocus my life.
So here’s to being intentional. Recognizing the small moments. Letting all day, every day be important.
“The future hasn’t happened yet and the past is gone. So I think the only moment we have is right here and now, and I try to make the best of those moments, the moments that I’m in.” – Annie Lennox