Carpe diem! Embrace the moment! YOLO!
Times and phrasing may change, but the concept of being present and taking full advantage of life has long been a concept humans have pondered. This past week was one of traveling with a group of loved ones -new and old- who had never vacationed together. It was a time of learning, exploring, and developing new perspectives.
We all have very different internal paces, curiosities and degrees of wanting to venture and learn. Whether it is a trip, working on a team project at work , or even going out for a a date, considering our differences can make a significant impact on the experience. Debra Paulson writes about the Zen principle of accepting rather than struggling in moments where you may find discord. Detaching from your wants allows you to relinquish your experience of anxiety, anger, or disappointment when something feels out of sorts.
Standing in mass crowds at Disney World certainly knocked me with initial stress. I then took a breath and started to rearrange my focus from my crowd anxiety to appreciating the hand gently holding mine, the interesting people watching opportunities, the ducks chasing each other on the grass and the immaculately tended grounds filled with luscious greenery and placid bodies of water.
We can approach each situation a little differently. We can ask questions to help us prepare for what is to come. We can even be honest with ourselves about our preferences in life and seek them out. Ultimately, life will toss us armfuls of surprises and our approach, focus, and acceptance will likely have a far greater impact on our experiences than the challenges and eases that come our way.
May we appreciate the ease of the expected,
approach something new and exciting, and
find joy in the surprises we may not have wished for,
squirmy clients, crowded lines, and unforeseen smiling faces.