Life is a roller coaster ride - up and down, up and down, round and round…Most of the time it seems as if there are more down times than there are up times. Going down is scary, but it can also be exhilarating if you let go and just ride the wave. Living an abundant and good life is about enjoying both the up and down times - and everything in between.
As I’ve written in a previous post, I’m learning how to slow down my life even more. Actually, “slow down” isn’t really the right phrase - it’s more like I’m learning how to enjoy each and every moment in the day. Even a simple activity such as brushing my teeth has become an opportunity to meditate and be grateful that I have teeth to eat food with!
Allowing Life to Unfold
It’s amazing what happens when you just let go and allow the flow of life to just unfold. When we’re rushing around trying to get more done, it seems as if there isn’t enough time in the day. Rushing around is actually counter-productive because you end up using more energy stressing over what needs to be done and what hasn’t been done yet.
Stop. Take a breath.
This may sound like an old cliché, but it bears repeating: Life is not a 100 yard sprint, it’s a marathon.
When I was in high school, a friend of mine talked me into joining the cross-country team. I told her, “No way! I can’t run long distances!” She begged and pushed and begged for me to run with her…and so I gave in.
Oh, I was just a little terrified, but you know what - that was probably one of most eye-opening experiences of my life.
At the end of the season our team participated in a half-marathon and the whole time I was running I kept telling myself, Just pace yourself…Just pace yourself… I ended up finishing in the middle of the pack - which was perfectly fine with me. I was just happy to have made it through the season!
In this day and age everything is done at lightning speed (at least on the internet, it is!) We seem to be running toward this finish line that promises a life of happiness and riches. However, as we’ve seen from the countless number of reality TV shows featuring “rich” people, life with tons of money isn’t necessarily a happy life.
The Perfect Life Is Enjoying Each Moment
So what if you’re not “ahead” of everyone else when it comes to living a perfect life as defined by other people’s standards. Just know that this perfect life you’re so busy running after is right here, right now.
Living a truly an abundant and good life is knowing that your life is perfect just the way it is.
Living and enjoying each moment is what you’re here for.
No matter what’s going on right now, it’s your job to understand that everything is happening the way it’s supposed to happen.
Just ride the roller coaster! Roller coasters are supposed to be fun!
Photo Credit: Jamie Lantzy