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I’m hanging by a moment here with you

May 30, 2010
  • Title Inspiring Song: “Hanging by a Moment”-Lifehouse
  • Last Sunday in real last chance to click and raise money to help find a cure for Ovarian Cancer before the new cause in June. Thank you for those of you who have clicked for the cause this month or in the past. I appreciate it

“Each moment is a place you’ve never been.”-Mark Strand

“Just remember, the same as a spectacular Vogue magazine, remember that no matter how close you follow the jumps: Continued on page whatever. No matter how careful you are, there’s going to be the sense you missed something, the collapsed feeling under your skin that you didn’t experience it all. There’s that fallen heart feeling that you rushed right through the moments where you should’ve been paying attention. Well, get used to that feeling. That’s how your whole life will feel some day. This is all practice. None of this matters. We’re just warming up.”-Chuck Palahniuk

   Good morning lovelies. Hope you are all having a fantastic Memorial Day weekend soaking up the sun & having a great time whether it is at the beach or in the company of those you care about. For those of you who read the second quote and were puzzled at why I picked a seemingly negative quote, don’t worry it will end up being positive.

   I also really would like to say thank you to all the men and women currently serving our country and to those who have served in the past. Thank you for your bravery in putting your lives on the line everyday to fight for our safety and freedom.  I wish you all a safe return home to your loved ones.  Thank you for everything you do!

So now let’s get into this week’s post….

     Think about the weekdays and the work week. How many single things do we try to accomplish in one day? From an early age, we have been inducted into the to-do, always on the go, real-world pace of things. It is no surprise that by the end of the day, after everything is said and done the only thing we feel like doing is sitting with our feet up, laid back and doing something mindless like watching TV.

     Being productive is without a doubt satisfying. We make progress on our grand to-do lists which can be relieving in and of itself. What about everything else? Sure we focus only on our work and things that need to be done, but do we notice a day’s perfect weather, little children at play or the inherent harmony of a community at peace. When we work like horses with blinders on, we see the goal, we see how to get there and we see everything else we need to get done at around the same time. However, we miss the other things. We miss the smell of the ocean, the rejuvenating rays of the sun, the fun of being caught in the rain, the innocence of childhood..etc. We miss all of those “irrelevant” things that make it the art of living and not just a rat race.

      Am I saying everyone should give up all work and responsibilities to go live and focus on just experience those things? Absolutely not.  I am advocating more of a happy medium, a balance between both extremes. I know for a fact, many people..myself included often forget about that other part of living. None of us want to wake up one day and have that feeling Palahniuk was alluding to where we feel as though we missed out on experiencing everything life had to offer. Unfortunately, there’s no flashing billboard sign alerting you to crucial moments of your life that you do not want to miss. There’s no way of knowing what moment might be the moment that changes your life. 

Since there is no flashing billboard for moments of our life, we have to change the way we live. We need to live with a constant awareness to what is going on around us outside of whatever we deem most important. An awareness keen enough to appreciate all of what life has to offer. Take the time every now and then to breathe the air, to drink the drink and go with the flow of life rather than some pre-ordained schedule. Like the Mark Strand quote says, take each moment as if it’s a new place, somewhere foreign that you have never been before. Take in the scenery and surroundings as if it’s the first time you have visited even if you have visited previously. Appreciate the beauty of the moment for what it is and don’t always be in such a rush. Losing a couple minutes of productivity in exchange for gaining back a few minutes of life is not too shabby of an exchange if you ask me.

That’s all for now. Have an amazing week full of great moments that you notice =]

See you next Sunday,

❤ SQ

5 Comments leave one →
  1. unclerave permalink
    May 30, 2010 11:41 am

    I’m currently enumerating for the Census Bureau, and I’m visiting streets and complexes in my own town that I had never seen before. Drove by them many times. To and from work, to and from the grocery store, etc., etc., but had no reason to turn up them. I could rush through these new roads, and just get the job done, but what would be the fun in that? I look forward to each new lane as a mini adventure. I’m meeting all sorts of people, living in all manner of relationships. I’m seeing woods and ponds and rock formations that I’d never known were there before. I try to breath it all in as a child would. One of my earliest memories is of being 3 years old, and stepping out of our backdoor one late spring/early summer’s morning, and just marveling at the sun breaking through the trees, the sounds of the birds, the soft breeze and the smells of a fresh wonderful world. I’ve retained a certain amount of a “Ferdinand” mentality ever since.

  2. June 1, 2010 12:37 pm

    Love that song – and totally love this post! This is exactly what I’m working on: enjoying the little things in each day instead of just rushing, busy, busy, busy through the motions. It’s not easy to do this all the time, but I just need to keep practicing.

    And thanks for remembering what Memorial Day is really about. It’s easy to forget that it’s not just a nice 3-day weekend and start of summer.

    • June 1, 2010 3:58 pm

      i agree it can be kinda hard to do with the hustle and bustle of life, work and everything else, but i think it’s important to make more of a conscious effort to incorporate it into our daily lives which you’re already doing
      i hope you had a good memorial day weekend eva and thank you for commenting!

  3. June 5, 2010 7:44 pm

    Thanks for stopping by.

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