“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive; to breath, to think, to enjoy, to love!” – Marcus Aurelius
It’s easy to find ourselves floating on a sea of indifference, oblivious to the beauty all around us. The daily monotony and responsibilities often distract us from seeing the beauty in the sunrise, the gift of each breath, the magic of relationships, and the incredible grace of God.
Monday is the hell of the week for most people; Twitter and Facebook are confirmations of this deduction. How often do we hear the phrase, “The weekend went by way too fast”? But is Monday really that bad???
For most of my life, I have lived for the highlight reel of life, rather than enjoying the momentary joys of breathing, talking with someone else, working diligently, and pursuing my dreams. Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve often found that it’s because I’m so caught up in worry about tomorrow that I’m missing the beauty of today.
I have a friend named Eliza who used to work at one of my favorite coffee shops. She was one of the most encouraging people I have ever interacted with, particularly in a busy coffee shop. Every day, I would ask her how she was doing. Her reply? “Best. Day. Ever!!!” She was always looking at each day and each moment with undiminished enthusiasm, which was contagious!
What if we all learned from Eliza, recognizing that each day is all that we have and that we must make the most of it?
Today, I’m sitting in my favorite coffee shop during my break from work, enjoying an iced coffee, talking with two of my friends who work here, and enjoying the beautiful day. I’m stuck in this moment and I’m absolutely content.
How are you viewing your present moments? Are you grateful to be alive and enjoying the magic of each moment? Are you worried about something that is in your tomorrow, rather than focusing on what God has given you in the present?
We only have this moment; that is all we’re guaranteed. What will you do with this moment in space and time?