I tend to always think about the next thing I have to do. The next task, the next place I have to be, the next step in planning a trip. While remembering what I have to do can be beneficial, it often pulls me away from fully focusing on what I am currently doing. I notice that I do this. I notice that it creates a lot of stress because there will always be something else to do.
This past weekend, I went to my favorite coffee shop (hey Six Shooter Coffee!) to relax a bit and read. The book I was reading naturally touched on mindfulness and fully experiencing each moment. Doing so creates gratitude and reduces stress. I read this and laughed a bit to myself. How could I have forgot this? How do I always get swept up in the things that I feel like I have to do to get ahead?
I put my book down and soaked everything in that was going on around me. The smell and taste of my cappuccino. Customers chatting at the front counter. The sun pouring in through the side window onto my table. The soft music playing in the background. The breeze coming in through the propped open front door (Ohio weather is amazing and unpredictable).
I felt contentment and happiness wash over me. Even writing this now, I still feel it. I was reminded of why I love going to coffee shops and reading. That taking in the little moments is so important because life is made up of little things. Little meaningful moments.
I encourage you to slow down and really observe what you are doing or where you are. Take time to pause and be all here.