Enjoy the Moment
Do you feel that there are countless events in which you receive little to no enjoyment? This can happen to us all at various points in our lives; even more so after multiple years at the same job, or repetition of the same routine year after year. During our daily lives, things can become predictive in our minds which makes the moment we experience depreciated. It’s like watching a movie where you can tell what’s going to happen or reading a book that has an obvious ending. A great way out of this slump is to live more in the moment. Yes, it’s easier said than done, but with some practice, it can be achieved. So, the first step is awareness. Recognize your surroundings. What do you see, feel, and smell in your environment? Once you bring your attention back to the present with small noticeable details, you can expand to engagement. What conversations or activities are going on? Then consider participating or increasing your own enjoyment in the moment. For example, if you are stuck in traffic, instead of sitting there and thinking about what you’re going to do when you get home, maybe put on a song and sing along. Possibly, wave to the other drivers or call a loved one on the phone and have a chat while you're waiting. The moment you’re in right now can be fun, it’s all in your perspective and your choices. Another example could be you’re in a grocery store and you only have thirty minutes to complete your shopping. Instead of complaining and wishing you weren’t there, maybe have a little fun. Make a game out of it by shooting your food into the grocery cart like basketball, though take caution with the eggs. Possibly bring headphones to play music and dance your way through the aisles and all the way to the checkout counter, having fun along the way. Living in the moment means becoming aware of our surroundings and making the best of it. Don’t be too quick to dismiss it, but to make it enjoyable. All we have is "right now" and if you can train yourself to be in the moment, your life can be filled with more happiness.