A Happy Man by Thomas Rhett
I am constantly reminded of how precious life is and how important my perspective is on life. I will admit that there has been a chunk of my life that I have flown through without reminding myself to keep things in perspective and to take those extra moments to not rush through life.
It is so easy to let the negative out weigh the positive and to pass over small delicate moments for the big ones. All those big moments rush through and often, are over dramatized… and in seconds, they are gone. I want to slow down my moments and pay attention to what is right in front of me. The moments to follow will come in time, so why rush them?? Why rush what will happen anyway?
My perspective is often to get through the tasks of today, tomorrow, and the next day systematically and to always complete them even if at the cost of one of those moments that I should have relished in. Slowly, I am changing and realizing how important spontaneity is to me and how much I love being surprised by life.
A few days ago, in the middle of those daily chores of mowing the lawn, walking the dog, cleaning the car, and spreading bark dust, I stopped. I felt this wave wash in as my kids busily worked around me in the hot sun robotically, neither of them smiling. It took me just a minute to see they were painfully passing through a moment that could have a touch of spontaneity in it. I wanted to change their perspective and I wanted to see them smile in that moment. I went around the back side of the house and filled a few bucket of water and I went in for the hose. I uncoiled a good 10 feet and started spraying high above and watched the water rain down on them. I taunted them with the full buckets. They could have them if they could get to them.
In those insignificant moments of daily chores, I changed their perspective. Thirty minutes of spontaneous joy that lifted all of our spirits was enough to change the monotony of the ritualistic moments we were in.
As my kids get older, so do I and I can’t stop that but I can take more time to pay attention. Life throws all sorts curve balls our way and it is up to us to be able to adapt how we react to them. I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason. In the past, I have wasted time trying to figure out why and what it all means when I could have just soaked it all in like a sponge instead of burdening my mind and moments with trying to figure it out. As for today and all the days in front of me, I am going to work on staying out of my head and relishing in the moments that really matter.