Thursday, January 14, 2010

Take The Time



Do you ever take time to sit perfectly still and reflect on your life?  We all look back on our lives and think about things that we wish we could change, that we wish we could do differantly and I think that is a healthy and normal thing as long as we don't dwell on the past.   I have worked full time, my entire life in a high pressure career and sometimes I feel that life has just passed me by.  It occurred to me that sometimes, I have - let -  life pass me by...sometimes I get so busy just getting through things that I don't take the time to realize that I need to live in the here and now.  To give you an example, I find that I sometimes do things mindlessly and almost like I am on autopilot.  I don't realize when this is happening and it comes to heart when I try to recall something specific from that timeperiod.  I find that I can't recall the details with clarity unless I really think about it and then sometimes I still just get a fuzzy idea of what happened or what I was doing.  Do you do this?  Do you function on autopilot at times?  I want to think that I am not alone and that many of us get so caught up getting through our day that we don't take the time to actually live the day and feel the day and remember the day. 

God has blessed me with a great life with a wonderful husband and two beautiful daughters who have good husbands and beautiful children of their own.  I have the cutest and smartest Grandbabes in the world, who just adore me and who can ask for more...why would I take that for granted?  But, I do sometimes and that shames me.  If God gave me this wonderful life, it is my responsibility to live it, every day, every moment and not miss a second.  I don't want to have regrets when it comes my time to leave this world.  I don't want to miss some of lifes most precious moments just because I am trying to survive.  I actually 'woke up' and became aware of this a few years ago and now, I try to be conscious not to get caught up in the cycle.  This takes more effort on some days than others.

I challenged myself this week with sitting down for 15 minutes and not doing anything but thinking about 'things'...nothing in particular.....no book, no TV, no magazine, just me and my brain.  This was very hard because when I sit down there is always some stimulus involved.  I used this time to clear my mind and be thankful...recall recent memories, as simple as a kiss on the cheek or a smile from one of my Grandbabes and how the sweet lips felt against mine and how the smile warmed me inside.  This is living..this is remembering and this is what is precious and dear and what I want to be aware of and cherish every single day. 

My gift to you, is to ask you to give this some thought...are you sometimes living to survive and not surviving to live....stop now and think about all you are missing and how much happier you would be if you just live in the moment.  Enjoy the tiniest treasures, you will be amazed at how much wonder, awe and beauty there is in each moment.  Enjoy your moments, enjoy your life.

All The Best,

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6 comments:

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Anita, this is a wonderful post....very thought provoking.

I have trouble living in the moment because I am a forward thinker but yes, I do take time to reflect. I feel this is so important.

Great post!
Barb ♥

Theresa said...

Well, to my newest friend... (I love new friends as well as old ones) thank you for paying me a visit via Barb-Bella Vista. What a sweetheart she is. Now even our blog titles are almost identical. Your sweeties call you jammi, mine call me ganky. I loved this post and I will read more and get to know you better. I agree that it is so important for us to take time to smell the roses. I sit first thing in the morning for over an hour. It is MY time and I so enjoy it. Love that time and it helps me get my day started. Have a blessed day Anita and thanks again for joining me in my crazy, wonderful life!

Julie Harward said...

YES, I AGREE TOTALLY! WE NEED THOSE MOMENTS TO RECONNECT WITH OUR SPIRITS...TIME TO SIT AND READ THE SCRIPTURES, TIME TO PRAY, TIME TO PONDER..JUST PONDER. IT IS SO GOOD FOR US. I THINK THATS WHAT I DID AS A KID..DAY DREAMING, IT'S A GOOD THING! COME SAY HI :D

ceekay said...

Hi.,..thanks for stopping by...I enjoyed your post today. I really appreciate taking time to meditate on our blessings...and to be still.

A Gracious Home said...

Thanks, I don't take enough time to be still and quiet. Doylene

Barbara Jean said...

Great post!

thanks for the reminder.

Blessings
barbara jean