You noticed the beautiful day outside the window that until then you had not been able to see. You walked a little slower on your way to and from your daily tasks. Perhaps you smelled the coffee brewing down the hall and now you could afford the time to go and enjoy a leisurely cup, so you did. Your focus shifted from the all-absorbing task, to yourself, your actual life.
When we have the opportunity to focus on appreciating the moment, time is elongated. So how come we only seem to do this after realizing a major achievement? How come we treat such moments like prized rewards as if we only deserve it as a rare pat on the back? Why not give this to ourselves more consistently? Why not practice it as a short break from whatever we are doing?
I'm talking about a form of gratitude I suppose. When we practice momentary, focused gratitude for the details of our lives, time stretches.
If you were running 50mph straight toward a brick wall, you'd slow down before you got there, right? Well isn't our grave the physiological equivalent of a brick wall? No matter how many impressive projects we complete, the end result is the same for each of us. So why are we in such a rush to get there?
The busier we are, the faster time goes by. I invite you to stretch the time of your life by sprinkling in a few moments of focused gratitude wherever you can. You won't regret it.