Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Now Joy

“Take time to smell the roses”; “Tomorrow is not promised”; “Seize the moment”; all are old adages that instruct us to relax and enjoy the now and joy of life.  This is wisdom that has been passed down through many generations that has served society well.
They are still serving society well, if only we would heed their advice.  We’ve become such a busy people that we don’t have time to rest.  Some of us have wrapped ourselves so tightly in the functions of life that we’re not living a healthy life.  We’re tasked out and worn out to the point that it’s affecting our physical, emotional, and mental health.

I was speaking with one of my colleagues today in reference to reclaiming some sanity by purposely unplugging for twenty-four to forty-eight hours and just relax.  I have shared my strategy in the past, but believe that it’s worth mentioning again.

Every ninety days, the plan is to take a Friday or a Monday in conjunction with a weekend to get away from work, family, and church to take some time to refocus, re-center, and rejuvenate myself.  I believe that it’s warranted, it’s needed, and you and I worth it.

Life can be tough, stressful, and at times overwhelming; taking some me time will aid in being able to focus on the important things and not only the negative stressful aspects of life that claim a great deal of our time and lives.

So seize the moment by taking time to smell the roses because tomorrow is not promised.  Learn or re-learn how to enjoy the now of life.  You will never see this current "now" ever again; after this moment is gone, it’s gone forever.  Live in the moment; drink up the juice of joy and create unforgettable moments; moments that will survive the test of time.

By the way, here is another old adage, “Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today.”  We only have one life to live, so live it to the fullest.  Love on purpose, laugh out loud, and live your best life today. Don't put it off and say I'll get to it later.  This moment is fleeting, so enjoy and appreciate the joy of now. 

This has been your 80 seconds of encouragement.


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