Next week I will be on a vacation of a lifetime. My husband and I are celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary, which we have combined in a trip to Italy where we will attend a friend’s wedding. Ten days in Italy. Ten days of wine, gelato, pasta and cappuccino. And, while I am very excited for the trip all I can think about is what I need to do before I leave.
A flurry of lists, emails and detailed planning. The list of my kids’ activities over the next 10 days is an astonishing three pages long. As I am typing as many details as I can to make their grandparents’ jobs as easy as possible, I can’t believe I actually do all this stuff on a daily basis. And, while I plan for everything in my life to continue to run smoothly, I just can’t imagine being able to "let it all go" while on vacation.
At this point, I am a little worried that I won’t be able to totally “Carpe Diem.” I know many of you, like me, have trouble being able to let go of all those tasks and chores continuously running through our minds so that we can live in the present. So, I’ve come up with three steps to help all of us really be able to seize the moment and enjoy the great gifts of everyday life.
1. Take Inventory of Your Surroundings
Whether at a restaurant, sitting on a park bench or enjoying a cup of coffee, stop for three minutes and take stock of what’s going on around you. The clink of glasses, the breeze rustling the trees, the aroma of a great cup of joe. By immersing yourself in what is happening around you…even the itsy bitsy things…will help you stay present and live in the moment.
2. Take a Digital Time Out
Turn off your phone, hide your iPad and put away the laptop for a 30-minute time out from the digital age. Be it sitting on the back deck or watching your kids at the park, separating yourself from your electronics is an essential element in remaining present in the moment.
3. A Deep Breath
Sounds simple but how many times do we consciously stop and breathe? The next time you are finding it difficult to concentrate on the moment at hand, clinch every single muscle in your body. And, with a
deep breath, let all of those clinched muscles relax allowing you to knowingly breath and unwind.
Three simple ways to help you “Carpe Diem” and seize all of those special moments in life. And, while the to-do lists and responsibilities will be waiting for you on the other end, at least you were able to live in one moment in time that may never present itself again.
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