In the oppressive cold of the Himalayas, Ben Stiller’s Walter Mitty watches Sean O’ Connell looking at a snow leopard with a camera waiting to take a picture. Sean doesn’t take a picture however, but just continues to stare at the leopard as if mesmerized. Confused, Walter asks Sean if he’s going to take a picture. Sean replies with, “Sometimes I don’t. If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don’t like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it.” “Stay in it?” Walter asks. “Yeah. Right there. Right here,” Sean says.
All the things in the world that demands our attention tends to keep us from living in the moment and just being mesmerized by the beauty that’s in front of us. Our work, our daily routine, and our responsibilities tend to make us rush and be too busy to take a moment and actually live in it. What does that mean though, to live in the moment? Aren’t we already living as long as we’re breathing?
Well yes, we are living scientifically speaking as long as we’re still breathing, but what it means to actually live for real is to drop all distractions, forget about the things that demand our attention if they can wait, and reflect on the value and preciousness of life.
We spend so much time making sure to stay on top of work and reach our ambitious goals that we tend to forget that we live in a world where there is beauty to be seen and blessings to be counted. It’s important to drop everything that distracts us and see the beauty. You can spend a little bit of time outside and admire your favorite aspects of God’s green earth. Do what needs to be done to keep yourself focused. If listening to music distracts you, then don’t listen to it. Just embrace the silence. Sean O’ Connell also says that ‘true beauty doesn’t ask for attention’. A lot of things today scream for our attention such as negative news, movies, Facebook stats, etc. True beauty such as nature doesn’t ask for attention, but it deserves to have attention.
You can put aside your work-related priorities to spend quality time with your loved ones. Dedicate time to hang out with family, friends, your significant other, etc. Also, let the event be about the other person instead of yourself. Be a blessing to those around you. You will never regret spending personal quality time with those you love.
Finally, what are your hobbies besides work or things that are part of your daily routine? What do you enjoy doing that gives you peace? Do you like taking pictures of snow leopards (if you happen to live in areas where there are snow leopards)? Do you enjoy writing, reading a good book, knitting, or tending to your garden? Do what you love and put yourself completely in it. Right there. Right here.
For Christians, put everything aside to pray to God. God can lighten your burdens and help you to have optimism and stress-free periods at work if you ask. I’m going to wrap this up with a good verse that I think can be inspirational whether you’re a God-fearing man or not.
Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. – Philippians 4:6-7a
Let’s live in the moment.