In Step with Jamie Lynn

Counting Chickens

by: Jamie Lynn Ryan

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” ~ John Lennon

If there is one thing we have all learned throughout our lives, it is that there are only so many aspects within our control; and even those few are questionable, at best. We can go through each day with a clear picture as to what we would like our life to be, but the reality is that this is the only true reality we know. The rest is mere wistfulness.

This is why it is so important to appreciate each and every moment, those people we are fortunate to have in our lives, and to be grateful for the small miracles which surround us always. It’s difficult, to be sure, when you feel overwhelmed by life and whatever obstacles it might throw your way; but it takes such a minimal effort to stop for a moment and appreciate a sunrise, a sunset, a butterfly, a blossom … anything, really.

My column last week touched on the concept of leaving your day – or at least a portion of it – to chance, to not making a point of scheduling every second, to disconnecting from the so-called “obligations” of phone calls and e-mails and text messages, to refrain from mindlessly scrolling through your social media feeds … to simply experience life as it was designed to be, in the flesh, ever present.

I received quite a bit of feedback on this topic, with many sheepishly admitting they are guilty of precisely this on a regular basis. Several even went so far as to make a point of saying they wanted to try my experiment, even if just for a few hours.

I’m curious to hear how it went, if any followed through. Did you feel empty without all the chaos and manic energy surrounding you, pushing you forward from one self-imposed task to the next? Or was it somewhat fulfilling, perhaps allowing you a much-needed breath of fresh air?

Sometimes, in literally taking that breath, we can recapture a large piece of ourselves that we tend to lose to the daily grind. It grounds us, reminding us of the important things in life.

And what is more important than finding happiness in the mundane, in making the most of our time, in savoring the memories before they have had a chance to fade …  Nothing, so far as I can tell.

There is no fault in having aspirations and dreams; just remember that these days we are living presently are the stuff that dreams are made of as well.

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