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Take a break to enjoy the moment!

Tick-tock, tick-tock. The clock hands keep spinning, faster and faster, they never stop. Second after second our life goes by very quickly. The time does not give us respite, consuming our existence minute after minute. We are always rushing against the clock, the day seem to have less than 24 hours and our days go by very quickly. Plans after plans, our schedule is full. The stress is high and the joy is low. Life goes by very fast, time never stops, and I wonder: When was the last time you took a break to enjoy your wonderful life?

 

 

 

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." - John Lennon #break

 

 

 

We live in a hectic world where our minds rarely takes a break. Our daily routines and chores keep us busy and our worries, problems, tasks and plans prevent our mind from stopping. We live under so much tension and our minds working at such high revolutions tend to collapse and that is the moment when the stress takes over our soul, mind and body. We cease to be in control of our own feelings and emotions, becoming puppets of our hectic and stressful life, losing every possibility to experience joy and happiness in our daily lives. Can we revert this? Absolutely. In order to regain our freedom to feel happy and joyful we should take a break to truly experience the wonderful fact of being alive.

The truth is that our time on earth goes very fast and is very short, but the problem is not that our existence is short, but that we do not seize every second of our life because we tend to be very busy making plans. Our minds tends to dwell more in our future that in our present, and a man can only truly live in his present. The now, this very moment is your life, the past are only a set of memories, and the future is an illusion. The only thing that is real, the only thing that we can truly experience, feel and touch is our present. What is happening right now, in this moment is all we have, and every second of it is worth living, because every second of our life is unique experience.

 

 

“I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.” – Alan Watts

 

 

How many moments do we miss each day by being too busy making other plans? When was the last time you really enjoyed the company of family and friends without thinking about tomorrow’s plans? When was the last time you looked at the sky, watched the stars and admired the moon with a quiet mind? When was the last time you enjoyed the pleasant warm of a sunny day without thinking about the things you needed to do later? When was the last time you simply enjoyed the fact of being alive without being worried about the future? When was the last time you were relaxed, at peace, simply connecting with your soul, you deepest self? When was the last time you were truly present? How many times does your mind stay focused in this very moment without traveling constantly to the future? When was the last time you took a break from your hectic life and  simply took the time to enjoy the simplest and deepest things of your surroundings?

Taking a break a couple of minutes a day to contemplate our surroundings, to enjoy the company of others, to do the things that makes us happy, or to simply enjoy a wonderful time with our own selves can bring us to a state of ecstasy that will flood our soul and mind with a tremendous positive energy that will change the way we experience our lives. Disconnecting yourself from technology, from work, school, from your debts, your worries, and other plans can sometimes be the solution to the stress that contaminates our soul and mind day after day. Do not let your life slip from your hands, rather take the time to enjoy the beautiful moments that never come back like a tea with your mother, a walk in the beach, a kiss with your partner, a game with your kids, a beautiful sunset, a dinner with your friends or all those unique moments that we take for granted and that enriches our lives.

 

 

“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.” –  Lucius Annaeus Seneca

 

 

The clock of life keeps ticking, and it could stop at any moment. Nothing can guarantee us that it will keep ticking tomorrow, that is how unpredictable our life is. Therefore, we should seize every second of our life as if it was the last. While making plans and thinking about the future gives our life a meaning, enjoying every moment of our life, enjoying our present without always making other plans is the way to truly enjoy our life to the fullest.

 

 

 

From time to time take a break from your hectic life. Stop, breath, relax and simply enjoy this moment, because this moment is your life, don’t let it go, rather seize every second of it!

Adrift with No Direction in the Stream of Life

It is common to find ourselves adrift, sailing in a sea of uncertainty. There is no sign of the shore and where we are heading is a mystery, the journey has no sense at all, and the waters are moving, but we seem to be going nowhere. Some are conscious of their current circumstances, they are aware that they have no destination nor route or direction, but some people don’t even know or don’t want to know that they are castaways in a rocking boat sailing aimlessly. We have two options: we can remain as we are and pray for a happy ending, or we can adjust the sails and get to desired destination.

 

 

"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." - Jimmy Dean direction

 

Life begins, life ends, and what we do in the meantime is what creates our life experience. We create our own story, we leave our legacy. Our purpose is the reason of our existence, because if we had no purpose we wouldn’t be here. There is no accident, no coincidence, we are here for a reason, whether we decide to find that reason or not is what is going to make us successful or not, and the decision is at our own expense, it can cost us a lot or nothing at all, and all depends whether we decide to create our own future or leave it everything to chance.

Imagine that life is an ocean, and we are sailing through it in our ships. You could go everywhere in this ocean, but there will be times of adversity, storms, giant waves, assassins creatures waiting to devour you, scorching heat, and you will feel fatigue, anxiety, sadness, anger, and you will want to give up. At the same time, there will be good times, times of calm waters, great weather, blue skies, and you will feel happy, joyful, and hopeful, and you will feel more courageous than ever, sailing with grace through calm waters.

 

 

 

“The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Senior

 

 

 

You will experience these two different phases through out your journey, whether you have a direction or not, but your direction will determine your destination. You can choose the route to a mediocre, miserable, turbulent life or you can choose the route to a calm, happy and fulfilling life. What I mean with this is that our external circumstances may vary, there can be turmoil or calmness, that we do not control, but what we control is whether to be victims of our environment and leave everything to chance, or be the creators of our own future, taking back the control of our life, adjusting the sails, and with courage taking the route that will lead us to the place where want to get.

I want to clarify that I’m in favor of not having all your life planned, I believe we cannot plan all our life, so it is good to simply live your life, enjoy the moment, and let life surprise you, but in order to not lose control I believe we must determine what we want. We must always aim something, and don’t lose sight of what we want. For instance, I love traveling, and I love buying one way ticket without knowing where I will be tomorrow, but at the same time I know where I want to go, I know what I want, I know my desired destination, which is not in fact a final destination, but it is the journey and purpose of our lives, and in my case that is traveling around the world with the person I love for the rest of my life, having new and exciting adventures, helping and inspiring people to become the best version of themselves to make this world a better place. So I might not have all my life planned but I know what I want, and that gives me the power to adjust the sails and take another route if I consider that I’m not heading to my desired destination.

 

 

 

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

 

Are you in the right direction? Or are you adrift? It is what you are doing now getting you closer to the place where you want to be tomorrow? In fact, the most important question is: Do you know where do you want to be tomorrow? If the answer is yes, congratulations! Keep moving forward, adjust the sails whenever necessary and don’t lose sight of the shore, meanwhile enjoy the beautiful, sometimes chaotic but amazing journey!

If the answer is no you have two options: You can determine what you really want, and I believe everyone deep inside their hearts know what they really want, we are simply sometimes too limited to dream big due to the limitations imposed by the society in which we live, that limits and oppress our true self, or you can refuse to live the life you are capable of living, you can deny your true potential and be at mercy of fate.

 

 

 

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Lao Tzu

 

 

 

Dreaming big will cost you nothing; not dreaming at all will cost you everything. If you gamble with your life, there are high chances that you will lose it all. Therefore, do not let adversity sink you, do not let the stream decide your future, but take the control of your ship, determine your destination, decide the best route, adjust the sails, turn the rudder and go with courage and faith in the direction that will take out the best version of yourself and will bring you the life that you deserve!

 

 

 

Do not be a castaway adrift, do not let luck decide your future, take back the control of your own life and create the life you have always imagined!