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I have been in a hurry my whole life. I have rushed past things I should have taken more time to enjoy because I was so anxious to move on to the next thing. In the process, I missed out on the joy of what was happening in the moment. 

In the process, I missed out on the joy of what was happening in the moment. 

The pandemic forced me to slow down and be present. Yet, as life journeys toward a new normal, I find that I am once again rushing in hopes that the next thing will be better and that I will find what I am looking for there.

Lately, I have been trying to shift my mindset from the idea that life is short to focusing on enjoying the present. Fixating on the shortness of life leads to a sense of panic and causes us to rush from one thing to the next as we try to fit it all in. In shifting my perspective, I no longer feel behind, hurried or panicked about where I am and the things I have yet to do.

Perhaps it is best said in a song from the hit Broadway musical Hamilton: “I’m not falling behind or running late.” Life should be savored and enjoyed as often as possible. You are right on time, and this life is yours to both live and cherish.

Life should be savored and enjoyed as often as possible.

With love,
Bailey Coleman, the Darling family

When you fixate on the future, how does it affect you? What joy can be found by refocusing on the present moment?

Image via Elizabeth Thorne Photography

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