Live every moment in its completeness. Savor every moment, whether it is that moment you arise from your sleep or the rush of pleasure you enjoy as you sink your teeth into your favorite food.
Give attention and care to every experience during your day. Just as you would savor time with your loved ones during your journey through life.
It was during my movie trip with my daughter a few days ago that I realized that I would now need to wait for my daughter’s break from college, to enjoy moments like these. To enjoy her company, her idiosyncrasies, her jokes, her impertinent retorts and the way her face lights up in merriment during a conversation.
We had gleefully chomped down a greasy margerita pizza and sinful hotdogs, as we watched the delightful antics of the lovable cat in “Mr.Fuzzypants”
On principle, I’m one who appreciates the joys that I experience or that I’m a part of…every day. Its made a huge difference to the happiness I enjoy. After all, life is made up of moments.
Talking of which, when I think of her first day at kindergarten, I think of the kisses she blew at her Dad and me. I recall how I suddenly found my eyes welling up seeing her skip and run into the school happily.
We are once again at a stage of life where my baby is once again at a threshold of another beautiful phase of her life – university years.
Going with the flow of life is another great way to cherish our life. Many of the concerns and anxiety we experience during our day, stems from our lack of respect for what is already present and gives us joy in our existence. Parents are often sadly an example in this instance. I’ve come across several who voice their displeasure at the low grades of their child keeping in mind the brilliant performances of the other students of the child’s class. Some may also be concerned with the overall personal development of their child. What is a matter of concern is that these parents unconsciously resort to demotivating their child in their desire to spur the child into action.
In such instances, parents need to consider two major questions before they moan about their child’s performance-
1) Did their child perform to their best ability? If so, then why is there a reason to complain? If not, how can the child be supported from school and home to improve the grades?
2) As a parent, would you like your child to compare you to another parent? Would you not like to become a better parent in your own way? After all, no two parents share the same philosophy of child rearing.
The questions a parent needs to ask himself or herself is “how can I help my child become the best she can be?” And “How can I become better to parent my child better?”
And those of you who are not parents or who are are not married, focus on the elements of the day that accentuate the very reason you need to live happily, eg: good health. With numerous day to day stress causing factors, health is one part of our life, we can never take for granted. Enjoy your life when you have excellent health.
I cherish my day also by embracing the happiness and love I’ve experienced as a child in the past. Strange? Actually not. The love and happiness anyone enjoyed during their early years and childhood gives a powerful motivation and strength to see life more positively.
Our reflection of those childhood years or any part of life that we may have reaped great joy embellishes the reasons of why we exist and why we need to thrive to lead a wonderful life that we deserve.
It is a motivator to not merely cherish our life but be a candle. A candle that glows and shows the way for many who may have challenges in finding their route to happier living.
To quote the adorable, ever optimistic Pooh from A.A.Milne’s charming stories of Winnie the Pooh,
“What day is it?”
It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day,” said Pooh.”
Let us celebrate today…everyday.