Marguerite Kondracke: Take Time to Smell the Flowers
I recently found this picture of me as an 18-month old toddler, celebrating spring in a sea of daffodils. The photo reminds me of the happy times of my youth—and it also reminds me what I would go back and tell my younger self if I could: to always take time to smell the flowers.
Sure, I know it sounds cliché, but I’ve learned that really making the effort to be “in the moment” is the best and most fulfilling way to live life. And it’s so easy not to do.
So, here’s what I’d say to my younger self: Be present, and really appreciate every day. Really, it’s not as imperative as you think it is to constantly multi-task, to try to accomplish more than is realistic in any given day or week. Taking time to be in the moment will be far more gratifying than adding to your superficial satisfaction of doing more tasks or accomplishing more objectives.
Really listen when you’re talking with someone. As in, no texting, emailing, or checking messages! When you honor those you are with by not being distracted, you’ll be surprisingly rewarded.
Set priorities and stay focused. Remember it’s OK to say “no” when people ask you to do something! Make family and close friends—the ones who make your life rich and meaningful—your top priority. Always.
Along the way, to try to make a difference in all that you do. But remember, you don’t have to do it all. Most importantly, take time to smell the flowers—just like you did when you were a little girl.
For more in this series, check out: Lessons To My Younger Self
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