Enjoy the Moment

December 30, 2015 by FlexPro

momentAs 2015 comes to a close and 2016 is a blank canvas stretched before us, it’s inevitable that we look back on the past year and reflect on what life brought our way. Did I keep my resolutions? Did I accomplish the goals I set for myself? Did I take time to stop and enjoy the moment….wait. DID I take enough time to stop and enjoy the moment?

Let’s face it, like you, I’m busy. I have a family, I run a business and I spend a lot of time on the go. Business meetings, work events, family functions, trips to one son’s college and the other son’s baseball games all keep me on the move. It seems like a large portion of my life is spent on thinking ahead. Where do I need to be next week? How many conference calls do I have? What do I need at the grocery store? I love my busy hustle bustle life, but sometimes I forget to just stop and take a moment. A moment to admire the beautiful colors of the sunset. A moment to look at the changing leaves as I rush to a meeting. A moment to feel the warmth of the sun on my face. I spend so much time planning the next thing that I’m missing the right now. And that, my friends, is going to be my New Year’s resolution. I will resolve to stop missing the moment! Not a single day passes that doesn’t bring us something that should make us stop and just appreciate. The beauty of a sunrise, the innocence of your sleeping child, the aroma of a fresh brewed cup of coffee  – moment, moment, moment. So why do we rush past these things without giving them the time they deserve?

As Lynn talked about in last month’s newsletter, we recently attended the PA Conference for Women where we both really enjoyed guest speaker John Jacobs. John, with his brother Bert, is co-founder of the company Life Is Good. I just finished reading their book titled, “Life is Good: The Book” , which is a very inspiring and uplifting book of optimism and wisdom and just an overall fun read. I especially enjoyed their perspective on dogs in their chapter on “authenticity”.  The idea is that dogs have so much to teach us about living in the present and enjoying the current moment. Whether it’s with our families or our work teams, it’s a great reminder to celebrate the here and now and the joy of working or playing together, regardless of what the future holds. Furthermore, while it’s good to set goals and look forward (like Lynn and I did earlier this month in our semi-annual strategic planning session), we can all learn from our dogs to just be “open to the joy of the moment”.

A great example is my favorite pop artist Rob Thomas. He tells the story of how he was inspired to write the song “Little Wonders” while out walking his dog. They were out in the rain and Rob was trying to hurry things along. His dog was having none of being rushed, he was so wrapped up in the happiness of the moment enjoying being outside with his favorite human and taking in all the wonderful sights and smells that only a dog can appreciate. I love the lyrics to “Little Wonders”…”Time falls away. But these small hours still remain. These little wonders.”

“These little wonders”. Life is full of them every day if we just stop and take a moment to notice. In 2016, even though I don’t have a dog anymore, I plan on spending more time on “being the person your dog thinks you are” by appreciating the present, the moments and the little wonders in my life.

Lynn and I would like to thank you for taking this moment to read our message and for being part of our FlexPro journey. As 2015 comes to a close, we would like to wish you a very Happy New Year. “We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” Edith Lovejoy Pierce

-Rose Cook, CEO

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