Is it about maximizing the moment, or experiencing the moment?
Greetings from Turks & Caicos, where I’m enjoying some fun in the sun time with my amazing family. (It’s true – jetsetting from Colombia to the beach… I’m a spoiled girl, extremely lucky girl… however also a very grateful girl!)
In this moment, I’m sitting by the pool, watching children splash and play, watching drinks splash and swirl, watching people splash and smile.
I’m witnessing a moment in time.
And it may just be this moment right now, wherever you are, perhaps an insignificant moment you may not give much thought to, that becomes a special moment in your life.
Perhaps it’s the epic soundtrack music I’m listening to, however in this moment, although not jumping out of a plane or climbing a volcano, I‘m still having an experience, right here, right now.
Now I’ll admit I’m a self-confessed maximizer.
I want to make the most of every situation, say yes to every opportunity, squeeze in every experience possible.
However in an effort to want to maximize my time, maximize every experience, I wonder if sometimes I end up minimizing some of the moments that truly matter.
These moments, like the one I’m having right here, right now, are the ones that make up your life.
And yet if we’re trying too hard to create a moment, or force a moment, we may end up losing out on the moment.
I like doing things. And, if I’m honest, I also like feeling as though I’m doing things. Checking things off the list so to speak.
This week, I haven’t done a whole heck of a lot. At least, not with respect to ‘checking things’ off any list.
But maybe I’ve done more than I realize.
I’ve enjoyed time with my family. I’ve had special conversations. I’ve played with Elmo, danced on the stage with Cookie Monster and other Sesame Street friends, had lots of fun potty trips with my niece and nephew, and lathered on a whole heck of a lot of kids’ sunscreen.
I like maximizing. I like doing things. I like lists. And yet perhaps I’m realizing it’s not always about checking things off any list at all.
Living your life cannot be captured in a do-to list.
So this week, at some point I challenge you to put away your list, and be open to experiencing a moment in time, this moment in time, and enjoying it for what it is. No need to maximize anything. Just experience.
Deep thoughts from sitting in the sun, HA!
Have a FAB week!
What are your thoughts on maximizing versus experiencing? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.