“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu
Too many things going on in our personal life combined with pressures of the world can be overwhelming. During these times, I remember the quote of taking one day at a time. The thought behind this principle is to just deal with what’s happening today. Don’t worry about tomorrow, next week … Getting through one day gives us strength and hope to move forward.
It’s like breaking down projects into manageable steps. Tackling one task at a time gives us reward and momentum to accomplish the goal. Inspiration for Anne Lamott’s book Bird by Bird came from her father’s advice to her brother’s frustration on completing a book project on birds. “Just take it bird by bird, buddy.”
Another important reminder is to not take on too many commitments. Let go of expectations and focus on priorities. When we take time to rest and reflect in between activities, we become more productive and ready to face challenges and the journey ahead.
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes … including you.” -Anne Lamott
It’s important to allow yourself to slow down, take a break from hectic schedules, unplug from devices and distractions. Some people power nap or meditate. Mindfulness is another option for enjoying peace in the present moment. In this space, there are no worries about the past or future. It’s an opportunity to observe and become immersed in your sensations and surroundings. It can be as simple as sitting quietly and feeling your breath, noticing how thoughts dissipate when you’re still, experiencing the beauty of nature. Yesterday, I sat near the ocean appreciating every aspect of the moment:
- Mesmerized by sunlight sparkling on the ocean
- Watching every beat of a butterfly’s wings
- Noticing drops of water shimmer on rose petals
- Feeling the lulling effect of waves rolling into shore
- Catching a random rainbow in a bevel of glass
- Admiring Birds of Paradise pointing to the sea
I heard a loud flapping sound and turned to see a Seagull perched on top of a lounge chair next to me. He eyed the sandwich waiting for me as I wrote. Then gave me a look as if to say are you going to eat that? If not I will. I quickly grabbed the sandwich and he flew away. The relaxing afternoon was just what I needed to recharge. I packed up my things to head home. I found the seagull floating in the pool. Guess he was having his moment to “chill.”