Enjoying the Gift of Life

Posted on September 5, 2017 · Posted in Blog, General, Personal

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I believe in enjoying life. I believe in living in the moment. We have been given only one life to live, and we need to live it to the fullest. I believe that the purpose of life is not only to fulfill God’s purpose for us, but also find joy along the journey that we have been given.

Despite my belief in finding joy, I have had trouble enjoying things and living in the moment. Struggling with anxiety and depression, I sometimes have a hard time enjoying things with spinning thoughts and worries, and find myself reminiscing about the past.

That bold green pine tree that towers high and lets the scent of fresh pine fall around you brings me memories of summer fishing in Canada. It reminds me of chatting with my dad and brother out in the boat with the breeze from the island softly blowing through our hair. Then, I think to myself, “I miss that moment. Maybe I should have enjoyed it more.” I was thinking about other thoughts and worrying about other concerns instead of the real task at hand: to catch fish, more importantly, to relax and have fun.

I do not want to have to think that I should have enjoyed that moment more. I do not want to have to think that I should have enjoyed yesterday more. Yesterday will be gone. When it is all said and done, I do not want to have to think that I should have enjoyed my life more.

I do not mean that we should let go of every concern and abandon hard work. There needs to be a balance. It is not reasonable to forget responsibilities and forget about success; however, it is not worth reaching success without having any fun along the way. Worry is natural, but sometimes it can get in the way. Duke Ellington once said, “There are two kinds of worries – those you can do something about and those you can’t. Don’t spend any time on the latter.”

I have learned many techniques to divert my anxiety and worry, but these skills can always be improved. I have learned to spend less time on the latter worries that nothing can be done about. I have learned to let go, but sometimes still have trouble. I need to live in the moment, and I am learning along the way, learning how to find more happiness and joy within my life.

Let go, live in the moment, and enjoy the gift of life. This I believe. Laura – BurnsvilleNatural memory enhancer