Be Mindful and Present

Stacy Menzies Happy FixEvery morning I wake up to a radio alarm. I know. That’s so 2010.

I’m always surprised to hear what song will wake me. This morning it was a song titled “Five More Minutes” by Scotty McCreery.

It’s the story of a young man who wishes for five more minutes. Five more minutes of play with his friends. Five more minutes on the football field that he just played his final game on. Five minutes with his grandfather who is dying.

It’s a feeling we’ve all had. We think we’ve got all the time in the world. As a result, we may not say what we need to say to people we love. We may not be fully present when at an event or spending time with people. We may not appreciate all the good that surrounds us.

We (me included) spend a lot of time thinking about the future. We make assumptions about where we will be and who will be there with us. Sometimes our assumptions bear out. Sometimes they don’t.

It’s natural to want more. More time. More money. More connection. More kindness. The problem is, sometimes in wanting more, we forget to appreciate what we already have.

Today, make that phone call to someone you love, just to say hi and tell them you love them. Be present in all that you do. Notice the little things and be grateful for them. Don’t wish time away. Make the most of it. That way if you get five more minutes, it’s a bonus. If you don’t you have no regrets.