Words of Wisdom
by Julie Weinstein
If there’s one thing I’ve come to learn as I’ve gotten older it’s that life moves fast. Really, really fast. Extraordinarily fast.
You know, sometimes the days might seem to move slow if you’re feeling uninspired or unmotivated or just having an “off” day, but then when you take a minute to stop and look back, it’s like “holy shit – where did the time go?!” Excuse my language, but really!
And another thing I’ve come to learn is the importance of cherishing every. single. moment.
And it’s not just saying you cherish the moments, but it’s feeling the moments. It’s being in the moments and being all there.
In a world full of scrolling and liking, it can be easy to get distracted. Trust me, I’m as guilty as they come. Sometimes I’ll just find myself aimlessly scrolling my Instagram feed. Just scrolling. It’s become a terrible habit of mine. I admit – I’m fully addicted to my phone. Yep, indeed I am. And not proud of that!
But what I have made sure to do is when I am out with a friend or friends I put my phone away. If I’m expecting an important call or need to keep my phone out for whatever reason, I make sure to turn it upside down. It’s not nice to the person you’re with if you’re constantly looking at your phone. Now, of course, I will take my phone out to take various photos or Insta story, but if I’m in a conversation with someone, that phone is away.
It’s so important to be totally focused and present, and not just when you’re with other people. But for your own well being, be present in the moments you’re on your own, too. Whether you’re out getting coffee or taking a walk or reading a book, be all there.
In that moment, whatever you’re doing, that is what you’re supposed to be doing right then. Allow yourself the time and space to be present in every moment of your day.
If you’re working, be working. If you’re catching up with a friend, catch up with your friend. If you’re playing with your kids, play with your kids. Whatever you are doing, be present. And really feel the moment. You’ll feel that much more grateful for this life you’re living.
Because, at the end of the day, time flies. And life isn’t slowing down.
Enjoy each and every solitary moment.
1. We want to send a huge congratulations to the incredibly talented Amy Tan on her book! Her launch party was last night, hosted by Pinterest! We are so happy for her, and you can get your own copy of Craft a Life You Love here.
2. Don’t forget – you can download a free printable of this quote here!
Have a great day!
Hand lettering by Amy Tan