“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss
Earlier this week, I encountered an experience that truly placed me into a very, vulnerable and emotional state of being. First, let me start by saying this. I am not too familiar with the sentiment of vulnerability. In fact, for many years, I fought to completely avoid it at all costs. For me, the action of avoidance was much easier than the action of completely letting my guard down.
At the given time, the moments that comprised my experience gave me a feeling that I wanted to immediately escape. This same experience allowed me two more moments – one of introspection and another of reflection. After all of the moments had passed, they made room for the opportunity of a memory to form. Through that memory, I was able to acknowledge – and now, share with all of you – such an important lesson of gratitude.
On a daily basis, there are so many things that we take for granted. I believe part of the reason why we voluntarily and willingly under-utilize the power of gratitude is because we choose (sometimes indirectly and even unconsciously) to focus on the negatives, and not the positives, of everyday life. We do not regularly appreciate uncertainties or the unknown because we have such high expectations of control. We also often audaciously assume that we have all of the time in the world, even though time is a commodity that has never been promised to any one of us. Sometimes we know better, yet we don’t strive to be or do better.
Here is one, simple solution that has worked well for me. We have to create healthy habits of demonstrating an ‘attitude of gratitude’. Even when life seemingly drops you deep into the pits, pick yourself up and dig your way out! Pull onto every bit of positivity in your life that you are grateful for. It’ll remove the lining from any dark cloud to beautifully unveil the bright, shining sun. That much, I can surely promise. Here is my challenge to you: Capture moments that will always remain priceless and cultivate memories that will forever live vividly.