As I was waiting on the bus the other day I had an interesting thought. I don’t know if it was God or what, but something told me, “breathe it all in.” When you are on the road to living your dream, don’t forget to breathe it all in, and stop and smell the roses.
I think we can get so caught up in our goals that we can miss the moments. I have been so consumed with my to do list and being productive that I don’t enjoy where I am at. I love reaching my goals and exceeding them, but if you don’t take time to enjoy where you are then you are missing the excitement of the journey. [click to tweet].
On the road to living the dream take in the scenery around you, and enjoy the now moments. I think it is unfortunate that it often takes us going back to where we used to be to appreciate it. Let me explain.
A few weeks ago my grandmother passed away. She lived a full life and I miss her. To attend her funeral I drove from NYC to North Carolina. There are things about NC that I miss and there are things that I didn’t realize I would miss. I’ve REALLY been missing sweet tea so I drank about a liter while I was there! I missed just sitting and talking with my mom, dad, and sister. There were other things I didn’t realize I missed like hearing southern accents, and riding down old familiar streets. I had so many flash backs and experienced so much nostalgia. I drank it in. Don’t worry I have NO desire to move back!
Jessica and I used to lived in the mountains of NC, and I still think about a trail I used to run on. I wish I could go run it again. When we lived in Charlotte there was a Chinese restaurant within walking distance from our house. There is no Chinese food as good as that place. Often, it can be the little things that can make a big impact on you. Breathe it in.
I’ve been guilty of losing my thankfulness because I’m so preoccupied on a goal. It’s easy lose the spirit of thankfulness when you have forgotten where you have come from. Our pride can really get in the way as we go from dream to dream because we start thinking we deserve certain things.
It’s easy to become selfish as we move forward and forget what it took for us to get there. I can’t get so caught up in living a new dream that I don’t appreciate the one I’m in. Sometimes God has to remind me while I’m waiting on the bus or the subway or as I walk past the Empire State Building…”hey dude you’re here.”
You may not be living your dream right now, but take in the scenery where you are because someday there will be things you miss. Stop and smell the roses. Breathe in where you are…even if the air is polluted!
1. Put down your to do list.
2. Make a list of things that you love and are thankful for around you right now.
3. Take a day where you aren’t focused on priorities, goals, the future, and just have fun with those you love.
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