Finding balance in a busy world is quickly becoming a lost art. It is so important to live in the present moment. When is the last time you took the time to simply dance in the rain?
It all comes down to gratitude; Gratitude for every minute of each day. We all know the story of the man, who when on his deathbed stated that he wished he had traveled more, spent more time with his loved ones, or even enjoyed more time alone! Whichever version of this story we hear, it does pull a string when we listen to it.
But what exactly do we do with our time? When you look back on your life, what do you wish you had done differently?
Today we are taught in school and college to work hard, climb the ladder, buy that big house - heck everyone else has! But the reality is, education as we know it, doesn't teach us to work smarter, just to work harder. Right back in elementary school we are chastised for daydreaming, staring out the window - possibly at the trees blowing in the wind, or the clouds moving or even the raindrops dripping down the window pane. The fact was, at an early age we got it! We were mesmerized by rain dripping or clouds shifting, and we saw nothing wrong with it.
We don't actually have that much time - we are all given a certain amount of time - let's call them "time tokens". We get to use them however we want to. Some, unfortunately, get less than others. Regardless, the token usage is dependent entirely on us. Spend 100% of your tokens on playing and none on work, you may find yourself a little hungry! On the flip side, spend too many tokens on work and not enough on sleep, wellness and what's known as "time-out", you may find yourself heading for a fall. Physically and emotionally.
Time-out means just that. Take time away from work, stressful situations, household chores and most important, electronic devices. Surround yourself with nature and avoid the shopping mall. Watch the clouds move, feel the sun, listen to the leave rustling in the wind. Remove from your mind all those thoughts which are stressing you and let peace enter your body. Then - practice gratitude. For the nature that surrounds you, for your loved ones, maybe your dog, and even perhaps, for you!
There is an old proverb, and none truer ever said
"A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."