The Appalachian Mountains in north Georgia have lots of curves in the road. I mean lots and lots of curves. We just finished a weekend motorcycle trip covering about 700 miles of road between our home and all the roads in between that we cruised on. Despite the warning signs posted on those curvy, mountain roads, some people chose to ignore them and to instead heed the call of an adrenaline rush as they pushed to pass. Other riders on the little racing bikes were impatient to get around those of us who wanted to enjoy the ride and the road.
Life’s curves can be dangerous as well and those warning signs should be heeded. Rushing through life without slowing down enough to protect ourselves from burnout and stress can cause emotional and physical problems. When will I get to the next level at school or a job? When will the kids be back in school? When will winter or summer be over? When will vacation time come? When will a raise come? The list could go on and on. It’s natural to strive for a better day, but if we are only focused on when something will change, we are letting days go by that can’t be recovered.
The racers that insisted on passing us on the hills and curves may have gotten a temporary rush of excitement, but they missed the beauty of the ride and they could have endangered themselves and others in their impatience. Even if we want things to get better, we can still savor moments every day while we are on the journey of change. Don’t look back and wonder where the days went because of wanting another day to come.
Take the time to enjoy each moment and not rush to the next one. It will be here soon enough.
What are some ways you savor the moments of each day? Share your thoughts in the comments below.