Like a surfer chases waves, my whole life has been dedicated to chasing moments. Maybe, you can relate to what I'm saying, maybe you cannot.
When I've sat with individuals at the end of their life, I've never heard them discuss or reflect on how big their home was or the material things they collected. Their reminiscences are always about the people in their life or the events they experienced.
Focusing on what really matters
We are bombarded daily with messages asserting that true happiness and fulfillment will be attained through the quality and quantity of our possessions and the level of our status. None of us is immune to being influenced by the siren's song of materialism. However, the cost of losing focus on what truly matters is enormous.
It requires a daily detox from materialism and pop culture in order to stay centered on what really matters. This is why mindful practices, such as prayer, meditation, intentional writing, etc. are so essential to remain focused on the gift that is each moment.
Remove everything that distracts you from true meaning
As I write this now, my mind is racing through so many memories of the most meaningful times of my life. They all include people, experiences, and amazing locations. I'm remembering standing on a cliff in Maui looking out across the Pacific Ocean and being awed by how beautiful it was. I see the image of standing on top of a mountain in Costa Rica with my fiance watching the tide go out and expose a natural formation that looked just like a whale's tale.
The next time you reflect on your greatest moments, notice how your body fills with energy and begins to move in dynamic ways. This is the feeling we are all attempting to acquire. Realize this, pursuing materialism will distract and rob you from these types of moments. Keep your eye on the prize and cut out anything in your life that will distract you from attaining these precious moments. Remember, a happy life is made up of Great Moments!
John Hawkins Jr., M.S., L.M.H.C.
John has helped thousands of clients overcome the hidden internal blocks which had kept them from achieving their maximum potential. Furthermore, he has assisted them in gaining clarity of their true life purpose, identifying their gifts and talents, and developing lives of greater meaning and significance.