When I was writing the blog for June and the benefit of the “What Went Well” exercise below, it brought to mind another way of staying focused on the positive view of your life. That’s what I’m sharing with you today.
Have you ever heard yourself saying, “Where did the day go?” Or “Where has time gone?” It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of your everyday. “Things to do, people to see” as the saying goes.
One way to be more present to your life and avoid that sense of time passing too quickly is the practice of “savouring the moment”.
Moments such as:
- The taste of a red, juicy strawberry freshly picked that morning
- Chatting with a good friend over a cup of tea
- A sunset or sunrise
- A leisurely breakfast on a Saturday morning
- A special event or special place
Savouring the moment is like taking a snapshot of your life. You capture a “feel good” moment and create a vivid memory to recall later.
Here’s one of my favourites…
A few years ago, on a beautiful, sunny day in July, Bill and I were at the British Open Golf Tournament at St. Andrews, Scotland. Jack Nicklaus was retiring from professional golf that year and was playing his last tournament at the Open. We were sitting in the bleachers at the 14th green, enjoying my favourite tea and cookies and chatting with the Scottish fans around us. It was delightful just being there.
As we waited for Jack’s group to arrive at the green, I remember consciously savouring the moment. Thinking it doesn’t get much better than this and wishing I could make time stand still.
That moment is captured in my memory and I return to it often for the simple pleasure it gives me.
You have moments to savour throughout your day. Moments of aliveness and joy, moments of quiet contentment, moments of curiosity and wonder, moments of fun and laughter, and moments of love.
I invite you to make a practice of pausing during your day to be fully present and savour the moments of your day – whether it’s an exciting event like my trip to the Open or in the special moments and simple pleasures of your life.