So much of our life we are wanting more. Whether it is to lose 10lbs, be single, not be single, marry, divorce, kids, no kids, kids to grow up so that you have some freedom again, kids to not grow up because it is going too fast, new job, more money, more vacations, less or more from a partner, etc. And we look at facebook and instagram and read about celebrities and wish for something we don’t have. We play the lottery in hopes it will make our life better. We are envious of someone else’s life in some way and we are always planning ahead on what else we want to achieve. If we move it will be better, if we make more money it will be better, if I buy that dress or go on that vacation it will relieve my stress, etc.
We all do it. It is human nature. So as I was writing and journaling this week, I came across two quotes. Both I thought were so powerful and so true:
- “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things only hoped for”– Epicurus
- It’s easy to make the mistake of thinking that if you have something you love or there’s something you want, you’ll be happier with more.– Anonymous
Both really resonated with me. I feel incredibly fortunate with my life in many many ways. Yet I dream and hope for more. If I don’t get those things, will I still be fulfilled? If not, why? And I am realizing I’d better also enjoy the present, because I will one day look back and want more of this moment too. As I mentioned on my birthday this year, this is the youngest I’ll be in this lifetime….each day! There is no rewind or do over. So I’d better enjoy each day. I don’t need to speed up time. Life is too short already to focus too much on what we don’t have verses make sure what you do have is enjoyed and celebrated. I think it also calls out to us, we need to make sure what we desire is not filling a superficial void that you can work on by looking inward. Verses thinking an object, person, and thing will give you happiness.
So today, I’m putting down facebook, instagram, and comparisons to others, and just enjoying the moment. The freedom, the peace, and the love in my life at this moment. And try to really focus on that in the month of August in particular. That is my August late summer challenge to myself. No comparing. No wishing for more. Just being thankful and really truly enjoying today. Late summer. Vacation. Sunshine. Family. Friends. My love.
I challenge you to do the same.
Enjoy the moment. Enjoy the day. Take some photos not to post but to just capture the moment for yourself, your family or friends. This is a photo I took when I was just playing with my camera. It reminds me of how beautiful the simple quiet moments are….just looking at nature and relaxing into the day. A beautiful spider was making a web amongst flowers about to bloom.