I challenge you to stop for a moment and just appreciate everything around you. For those of you who have enjoyed the summer, you may not be so happy about the colder temperatures but I ask you to slow down for a minute and appreciate it. How many of us rush around so frantically that we often miss the riches of our own lives? We often find ourselves living in the future and missing out on today. We often find ourselves saying, "Where did the week go?" I don't know about you but I've said that a time or two. Have you ever done that? Personally, I'm stunned that November begins next week because I can barely remember what happened this month. When I catch myself saying phrases like that I try to put on the brakes a bit. I try to purposefully slow down. We have a lot of riches in our lives. No matter whether you live in a shack with a dirt floor or the largest of mansions, we all have riches in our lives that we often miss. The most important of these is "The Present Moment". Truthfully, it's the only thing that is guaranteed in our whole life and just think of how often we let it slide right by without so much as raising an eyebrow. When we do this, we miss out on our lives and the lives of those important to us. Seriously, do you really think at your graveside, we'll actually care that you were late to a meeting last Tuesday? No one will even remember those things that we so often stress about. I challenge you, as well as myself, to slow down this week and just observe your life. Enjoy it because it is the only one we have. The Fall colors have changed and how many of us missed it? How many of us missed a child's football game or spelling bee? These are huge things that shouldn't be missed. So slow down and look around....you might just find a pretty flower that everyone else seems to be missing. You can learn a lot from a flower. Who knew?
Be well and love one another.