Do you feel like your life is so busy, there is no time to enjoy? Many people feel like that, including me.
Recently a drug rep, Sean, shared with me how he found time after applying some of the techniques from my book. He used one exercise in a way that I had not thought about, so I got inspired.
I tried it too and found time to enjoy that I didn’t know I had.
Would you like to try too? You may also find some time to enjoy despite your busy life.
Sean is one of the drug reps who bring education and samples of new medications to our office. His job keeps him on the road as he goes to several doctors offices each day. He doesn’t get much time to enjoy. He was able to relate to Sam, the character in my book; “Stress to Joy.”
Sam was facing the stress of a long commute for work, and mindful driving helped her. Like Sam, he started driving mindfully (experiencing all the experiences with intention and non-judgment).
It helped him calm his mind, and he started enjoying his work more. After a few days, he started taking different routes. From time to time, he started taking pictures whenever he needed to take a break for gas or restrooms. He started making his a photo diary.
He found time to enjoy that he didn’t know he had. I got inspired, so I have started trying too.
Lately, while waiting at gas stations, I practice mindfulness. I take a deep breath and stretch. I look around and observe everything. (The other day, I noticed a tree that I never saw in three years I have been going to that gas station right across from my office).
I enjoy the sunshine filtering through the leaves. I notice the shapes of the clouds in the sky. I look at the ceiling and the floor of the station. I check out the other cars, colors, shapes, people, etc. It feels so relaxing, yet I don’t have to do anything extra.
Guess what? I found that small pocket of time to enjoy, that I didn’t know I had.
The other day, when I walked my daughter to her school bus, we were a few minutes early. On the path, I started observing the trees and flowers. I took some pictures while waiting. You won’t believe the treasures I found.
I observed hanging buds that looked like a line of Christmas lights.
I saw baby pine cones that looked like origami flowers my daughter makes.
And yesterday, I found a great treasure in the most unexpected place.
What happened was that I was on my way to my office when I got a call of nature. It could not wait until I reach my office. I saw a rest stop, so I turned there. As I was going back to my car, I saw this beautiful red cedar tree exhibit. A couple of people were standing there waiting for their relatives. I asked one person to take my photo. It didn’t take much time and I was back on my way within minutes.
I found the hidden time to enjoy, just because I was mindful.
Do you think you can also find time to enjoy despite your busy life?
All you have to do is make an intention to be open and remain aware of all experiences that come your way. If you want to take a picture, go ahead. If not, that is not necessary.
If you don’t, life will feel boring, “same old, same old.” If you do, every ordinary experience will become exciting and enjoyable. You won’t have to wait for having enough time and money to go on vacations to enjoy.
You will find a time that you didn’t think you had.
Try it. Let me know how it works.
Dedicated to your health and happiness.
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