I live in the Prairies of Canada. We have extreme Seasons. There are definite differences between each season. Personally, I am a lover of all things summer. I always say that because I was born in July, I enjoy the summer season most. Honestly, I love the sunshine, I love being warm, and I love being able to just walk outside at any given moment and out worry about wearing a bunch of layers. I know that I enjoy summer so much, though, because winter makes me really thankful for the warmth of summer.
Over the past year or so, I have learned that it is important to take the time to enjoy the moments in my day. In the past, I have tended to be a slave to my to-do list. Don’t get me wrong, to-do lists are very helpful to get things done, but they are meant to serve you, not to control you. Honestly, taking the time to enjoy the moments in our days is really all about the people in our lives first and foremost.
I can take a lesson from my 6-year-old son any day. For example, if you were to take him for a walk, depending on the season, he will either find all the puddles to jump in, climb the snow piles along the side of the road, or pick up sticks and stones along the way. Yet, there was a time when all that made me impatient. My thought would be, “I have 30 minutes to go for a walk and then I must get back to my to-do list.” These days, I am striving to see the world through his eyes. It’s a wonderful thing.
My top three reasons for enjoying the moments are:
- God made the world for us to enjoy
If we take a moment to look at God’s wonderful creation, it is so beautiful. It reminds me that he created all this beauty and that he is a most wonderful God. It can be really easy to be so busy that we don’t enjoy the beauty of God’s Creation. I encourage you to take a moment to enjoy his Creation today.
- Slowing down helps to eliminate stress
When I take the time to enjoy the things my 6-year-old does, my shoulders relax, my breath returns to normal and I really see the world. At the same time, I build the relationships with my children.
- It’s all about the people
It’s always about people first. It’s so easy to get caught up in x, y, z but at the end of our lives are we really going to say, “I wish I would have spent more time getting my laundry done, instead of enjoying the family God gave me?” I don’t think so.
You may or may not have a young child in your life, but if you can find one to observe I encourage you to do so. You may just be surprised at what you see!
How about you? Do you find it easy to slow down and enjoy the moments? I’d love if you took a moment to share how you enjoy your moments.
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