“How much I missed, simply because I was afraid of missing it.” ~ Paulo Coelho
As I write this I’m sitting next to a bowl of amazing strawberries…they are seriously good, fresh from the farmer’s market. Why do I tell you this? To make you feel badly that you’re not enjoying these too? Nah! I’m telling you this to remind you that there really are seasons for fresh food, engaging in certain tasks and that knowing when to seize the moment is pretty important.
Let’s go back to those strawberries. They don’t taste the same when you get them from the grocery store out of season nor do they look right. Is it just me or do they lack any smell? Have you noticed this is the case with many elements of our lives?
One of the most important qualities we have is the potential to develop learning when to take advantage of what is right in front of us. As we discussed a few weeks ago, having a ‘child’s sense of wonder’ allows us to experience things anew, which in turn puts those experiences down in our memories in such a way that they take on a different significance.
A mentor of mine is fond of saying, “You never walk down the same path twice.” So it is for you too. Each path, each experience, has its own traits to it. You might notice something different on the return trip down that path you thought you’ve traveled on not 10 minutes ago or hear a new sound.
Find this tricky to do? Ask yourself this ~ what can I learn or hear differently this time? What would I tell someone else about this experience when I recount it? How does this moment feel to me?
Can I tell you something? There are cool and nifty things to learn, feel, see and do each day. You don’t have to live a life filled with thrill seeking activities to have a wonderful adventure of your own. Don’t get me wrong, those are fun, but there is much to be said for the quiet thrill of noticing something no one sees at this moment (like one of the resident ravens of my neighborhood that I doubt too many people even know about and yet, there she is, above me as write).
I invite you today to seize what is in front of you; soak it in, turn it over and enjoy the season.