During the time of writing this article we lost my mother-in-law through pancreatic cancer, and my father has just been diagnosed with same. It’s a very sad time for the family, with someone we need to accept as it is. Prior to this, for the last two year, we had so many emergency events in the family which further emphasize my point.
Make the best of EVERY MOMENT, because tomorrow is not promised.
This is a website is for entrepreneurs, why do I want to include this?
As business builders we tend to be workaholics. We build out businesses by putting an many hours, and a lot of the times all our attention. The question arises, what are we doing this for if we lose out on most of the things that really matters. Family, friends, adventure and experiences.
We tend to be absent in conversations, at home and at work. We act as if we listen, but fiddle on our phone and listen to reply with our own agenda. We are trying to be in two places at the same time, and as a result, we are performing poorly in both.
The person who tries to catch two rabbits catches neither.
As a result, we go to a meeting, conversation, or coffee with a friend just to totally disconnected from it. We are far from being present.
Being present is a superpower that enables us to create magical moments in every precious moment we have here on Mother Earth. These moments you create to be fully present, will be experiences you treasure forever.
Three months before the passing of my mother-in-law, I took the day off to spend with her at own of her favourite coffee shops. Although the service, including the waiter and the food, was extremely slow that day, it created an amazing opportunity for us to be together and have deep conversations. I cannot remember the meetings I had to cancel, but I can remember the deep conversations, and will treasure that forever.
With all due respect, what I want to suggest is that work is undoubtedly important as it provides us with basic necessities such as food and shelter. However, it is crucial to remember that once a moment is lost today, it cannot be regained tomorrow. So, while we must focus on work and strive to do more, we should also cherish every moment we have and make the most of it.
Adapting to slowing down can actually help you speed up in the long run by bringing deeper meaning and purpose to your actions. Here are a few ideas to consider that can help you become more present in the moment and enhance your personal and business life:
Practice mindfulness: Take a few minutes every day to quiet your mind and focus on your breath. This can help you become more aware of your thoughts and feelings and bring more presence to your actions.
Prioritize self-care: Take care of your physical, emotional, and mental health. Eat well, exercise, get enough rest, and take breaks throughout the day to recharge.
Be intentional with your time: Make a list of your priorities and allocate time to each one. This can help you stay focused on what matters most and avoid wasting time on unimportant tasks. More importunately, make a NOT TO DO LIST. This list will thin out your to do list, to ONLY THE IMPORTANT priorities. The NO TO DO items can easily consume the whole day.
Connect with others: Take the time to connect with the people around you, whether it's your family, friends, or colleagues. Listen actively and be fully present in your interactions.
Embrace the moment: Instead of constantly worrying about the past or future, try to fully embrace and enjoy the present moment. This can help you feel more fulfilled and content in your life.
“We crucify ourselves between two thieves: regret for yesterday and the fear of tomorrow”
This quote by Fulton Oursler highlights how we often create our own suffering by dwelling on past regrets and worrying about the future. Regret and fear can consume our thoughts and emotions, leaving us unable to fully enjoy the present moment.
Regret for past actions or choices can be debilitating and can prevent us from moving forward. It's important to acknowledge mistakes and learn from them, but we shouldn't allow them to define us or hold us back. Instead, we can use them as lessons to guide us towards better decisions in the future.
On the other hand, fear of the unknown future can also be paralyzing. It's natural to worry about what might happen, but we shouldn't let that fear control us. Instead, we can focus on taking action towards our goals and building a positive future for ourselves.
By letting go of regrets from the past and fears for the future, we can live more fully in the present moment and enjoy the journey of life.
I recently had a conversation with someone close to me about my statement, LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST.
For all of us, this definition will be different, but the CORE PRINCIPLE of this will be the same.
We are living in a day and age of not being able to PURELY ENJOY THE MOMENT. We need to be constantly medicated with something or a device. We cannot just be.
My version of living life to the fullest.
Total focus when I need to work and provide value
Total focus when I am spending time with my family or someone
Both without the least amount of distractions
To be fully present in the moment, to enjoy the smallest little things. To truly experience everything, I do. (I am very much a work in progress).
Even if we are saved for a LONG LIFE, it’s pretty much a SHORT RIDE.
Life can be over in at the wink of an eye.
I am aiming to savor every little second.
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