We all know that each moment in our lives is a unique and singularly significant occurrence that will never happen again. Sadly, I don’t think we live our lives in a way that reflects this knowledge in many cases. We take our lives and those precious moments for granted by not honoring them or being fully present. We don’t value time and we waste it or, at least, we don’t make the most of the time we are given here in this human earthly existence. We think we have time to do it, say it or be it, - later. In reality, all we have is now, this moment and it is fleeting. If we did not make the most of our moments, if we wish we had lived them differently, it is a loss that can never be retrieved. This is just the reality of time and something it is best we be aware of.
Thinking of this, we seek to record, remember and savor the precious moments that fill us with joy, make us smile or give us pride. We cannot relive a moment, but we can remember it and there is both value and pleasure in that. In fact, holding on to some precious moments, which we occasionally reflect on and savor is one of the ways we can experience more happiness in our lives and bring ourselves more happiness moving forward. We are told it is a mistake to try to live in the past or wish everything is the way it used to be. This is definitely true. We need to keep living life and having lovely new experiences, but that does not mean we cannot remember beautiful times from the past and appreciate them. Amazingly, with the way our brain works this can bring us almost as much pleasure as the original experience itself and set us on a course for bringing more blissful experiences into our lives. What we focus on, generally speaking, we get more of --- so, absolutely, think about all the good things you can remember or you can imagine is a what we should do.
Pay attention to those joyful moments from last year or three years ago that social media reminds you about, talk with friends and family about happy experiences you shared together, get out the old photo albums and languish for a while in the smiles and laughter they evoke. Have a few photos around the house that just make you smile each time you look at them, because you remember how you felt then. Even things you did by yourself can be very joyful experiences, so don’t forget those. Some of our biggest achievements are often achieved solo. Definitely, go out and have new adventures and happy moments on a regular and continuing basis. File them away in your memory, write or journal about them, take pictures while you savor those moments, tell friends and family about them. Keep in mind that one day they will have the power to make you smile again and relive over again, in a small way, those precious and impactful moments that made a truly amazing life. It is the awareness that we are living and creating that makes the journey of life the epic adventure that it is. Don’t forget the lessons either or those moments that seem sad and later turn to bitter-sweet in our remembrance. It is a blessing how time has the power to do that.
A friend recently shared the great sadness she felt about her dad’s worsening Alzheimer’s and the the loss of his ability to remember all the precious moments from his long, happy and accomplished life. Appreciate the moments in the now, savor the memories and be grateful for each and every moment!
“Remember to be fully present, grateful and always alive and in awe of each moment!” – Kate Olson
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Kate is a Hypnotherapist, NLP Practitioner & Trainer, Reiki Master, Energy Healer, Life Coach and more. To find out more about her or her work, click the links below:
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After 4 years of featuring at least 1 guest Author a month this blog changed in 2020. I loved featuring the posts of other great people who also believe in mind, body, spirit wellness. I will continue to feature articles submitted to me on this topic that align with my own mission. However, finding & reaching out to others is time consuming and I do it for my radio show, Soul Talks and other groups and projects and so for this blog i will be ramping up my own posts and perspective. posting mostly my own blogs. I will be happy & excited to post articles from those who submit them to me.