On January 23, 2012 I celebrate my 58th birthday.
I made up a short list of things I want for my birthday
should you be looking for the perfect gift for me.
RELIVE A MOMENT: Find an old
photograph from the last 10 years where you are with someone you love who has
passed away. Spend one minute looking
really closely at this picture and recognize that although that moment is gone,
your life holds millions of future moments. Don’t miss any of them.
THANK SOMEONE: Tell someone you
see every day who has a supporting role in your life thank you. Express a
heartfelt appreciation for what they mean to you even if it is just that you
love to see their smiling face each morning. Be more aware of those around you and express your thanks by looking directly into their eyes.
CONNECT WITH SOMEONE: Write an
email, note, Facebook post, Tweet or some other form of communication to a
person from your past that you have not spoken with in a long, long time and
tell them that you are thinking about them and hope things are going well for
them in their world. Don't apologize for being disconnected. From your heart, express your feelings.
TASTE THE MOMENT: Slowly enjoy
your food with a great appreciation and focus on the flavors. Savor
the spice or herb- the delicacy or boldness of each ingredient that is part of this
meal. Suck in the sweet aroma and fragrance of the meal or the complexity of the wine. Appreciate each flavor note as if it were music. Taste
the moment and give thanks for the nourishment.
APPRECIATE THE MOMENT: Count the
infinite blessings of your life and see only the wonder and goodness – even if
it is just for a mere moment. Emphasize that glass that is half filled and not half
empty. Appreciate your good health not what ails you. Celebrate being alive.
UNEXPECTED MOMENTS: Do something
unexpected for someone you don’t know. Celebrate their life. Don’t over think it and don’t judge
yourself. Just act in kindness and from the center of your compassionate self. Hint: If you can do it anonymously it may be even sweeter.
Fill your life with meaningful moments, have more in your life by needing less and most important - be present.
I suppose we call this moment the present because it truly is a gift.
Labels: Birthdays, Jeffrey Slater, Zen Moments