“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
I went to church yesterday and the message resonated with me. It was simple and to the point. A lot of us get caught up in achieving milestones: the 6 figure salary; marriage; the picket fence; the dream job… the destination. We pursue our goals with single-minded focus to the exclusion of all else. It becomes all about that next milestone and then the one after that. What we do not realise is that while we are focused on that one thing, life is happening all around us. Our paths are crossing with those of others. We are missing potential connections. Life is happening. While we are waiting for that breath-taking moment, we forget that we need to appreciate the ordinary moment. It’s ordinary moments that become extraordinary when they come together.
Living through life’s moments and living for the moment in life is like being a traveller versus being a tourist. Life is a journey in which there is something to be seen everyday by anyone whose eyes are open. Travellers see it all and take it all in. Going through life as a tourist means waiting for the highlights reel only. The tourist sees only what they came to see. Which tourist goes to Paris and takes a photo in front of the run down coffee shop with the smiling old lady? The tourist is all about the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.
Life stops for no man. It’s your daily choice whether to live it. The exceptional moment you are waiting for will come but live the ordinary moments that precede it in colour.
Take a look at this moment. Appreciate it. Life is happening right now. Be present.