This past week, I visited a friend at Hospice. Visiting someone at Hospice is never easy. There is a silent acceptance of the inevitable. However, every time I go to see someone at Hospice, it is moving, and I leave feeling more compassionate. As hard as the visit is, I leave feeling I received a gift; a reminder of the present precious moment. All renewal comes in the present moment, the Now.
I am aware of my limitations and know there is nothing I can do about my friend that is suffering. But, I can be authentic, compassionate, and present when we are together. And maybe this will help her find strength. The visit made me wonder if she has any regrets about her life? Another jewel from the visit was thinking about my own life and committing to letting go of any regrets and do something every day that brings me joy.
It is easy to get wrapped up in our routines: our daily, weekly, and yearly routines. Our egos love routines. It keeps us safe and predictable. But, what if you allowed yourself to break routines? Get out of your comfort zone. Release old mental programs and do something every day that brings you joy instead of doing the “shoulds.”
Break free and enjoy each precious moment. When was the last time you played or laughed? Start today to show up for your life by paying attention. Start to live in a sustained state of awareness with gratitude for the many gifts you have. Shift your attention away from routines. Start by committing each day to do something that brings you joy. The key is YOU, not your child, your husband, your co-worker, just you. It could be as small as reading a novel, a walk in nature, or planting a garden. Or maybe you begin to meditate daily and go deeper to discover what brings you joy.
Give yourself a gift. Be tender with yourself. Commit to renew your life. All renewal comes in the present precious moment.