The every day. We all have that routine that we do. Every. Single. Day. Find the moment? How? Love the moment? When? Routine might break a bit because school is out, but still I find the majority of the routine is still there. Get up. Drink coffee. Make the bed. Play tennis. Go to work. Think about dinner. Repeat.
The big problem with routine is that it does not allow for you to be creative. There is so much noise around you. To be able to create you need solitude. When it is quiet, your mind is quiet. You can hear your thoughts. You can focus. This is why it is so important to find your moment each day. It can be with mediation. It can be on a run or a hike. It can be staring at the ceiling.
Your mind needs to be able to day dream. To think of the moment happening now. But it is not about just living the moment. The real secret is also seeing the beauty in front of you. Flowers. Life’s little creatures. Beautiful sunlight. Laughter. Stars twinkling. You see what I mean?
This week I am at the beautiful North Carolina beaches, at Oak Island. I can tell you now that it is really easy to understand the allure of being at the beach all summer. So easy here to find the moment. It feels like there is nothing to do but have sand in between in your toes, watch the sunset, and eat seafood for dinner every day. But my mind is wandering. I am creating. I am thinking. I am dreaming. I do not want it to stop. This also happens when I travel to a new city and I see everything bright eyed and almost with naivety.
One day as we sat doing absolutely nothing, my daughter and I came up with a sitcom idea and started plotting out the pilot. The age of the characters, their professions, funny stories to write in to the first episode. Wait! Yes, my 13 year old and I were talking creatively and collaborating. And, this all happened because for an hour my daughter just sat there staring at the ocean. Maybe her eyes were closed at times. Maybe she was listening to music. But her mind was quiet from the everyday routine.
Other times as I sat looking for sharks in the distance, my kids were sitting on their own talking in the sand. For hours it seems they were connecting. They would talk for a bit. Get in the water. Look for crabs. Talk some more. They even went on a walk together. I found out later they were guessing each others best friends, favorite foods, and what their passions are in life. A 9 year old and 13 year old talking about life. Engaging in real conversation. As a parent, my heart is melting. I was living in the moment, just by watching my children interact with one another. This was beautiful.
I believe you have to be in the present. Live the moment. Love the moment. And, you can find me on my Instagram using the hashtag #LiveLoveMoment where I hope to find truth and beauty each day.