Yet with all of this activity going on, does it ever feel like you’re missing out on something?
Maybe it’s just me, but I can spend an inordinate amount of time looking at the past, feeling like I missed out on an opportunity. So much so, that I stop paying attention to what is going on right in front of me.
Case in point:
I love facebook. Personally and professionally, it’s a wonderful way to stay in touch. Each day I look for something “post worthy” to share.
The other day I was at the kids school parties and during Ryan’s party they had a piñata. It’s not a real party until someone takes a bunch of 7 year olds, blind folds them, gives them a giant stick and then lets them whack something filled with insane amounts of candy.
Later that afternoon I took a break from work and went for a walk along the lake. During the walk I realized that a picture of Ryan hitting the piñata would have been an awesome facebook post. As I lamented the missed opportunity it took me completely out of the present moment.
Fortunately I took a break from my whining to look up and realize that the lake, the clouds and the light were amazingly beautiful right then. There was something about it all that was truly magical. I thought about taking a picture to post and then discounted it as not being as good as the piñata pic. Then I realized that opportunity is gone, so it was time to let it go and make the most of what I had in front of me. So I snapped a picture and posted it. Pretty amazing isn’t it?
Who knows which one would have been better received. It doesn’t matter. I made the most of the opportunity I had.
The key is to take action. Spending hours worrying about what you missed isn’t going to get you anywhere.
So if you have been holding onto something it’s time to let it go.
Look up, take a deep breath and ask yourself:
“What opportunity is in front of me RIGHT NOW that I can do something with?”