tiny, ordinary moments

“We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment”

Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

I was browsing the Audible sale and saw this book listed. I read it years ago but I thought it might be a good walking companion (really working on making a daily walk into a habit). What a great choice, except that I want to stop and write down quotes every few minutes. So I have a printed copy coming from the library. But this quote – about preparing to live but not being very good at living – this idea has been on my mind for months. I think I need to write this one on a sticky note and put it on my mirror for a daily reminder. Pay attention to this tiny, ordinary moments, like that fuzzy bee and those beautiful, butterfly bush blooms.

Does this strike a chord in your heart too?

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10 thoughts on “tiny, ordinary moments

  1. perfect, Juliann – thank you for sharing this … yes, it does strike a chord. this sounds like a book to read with your eyes, heart, mind and ears wide open!

  2. Absolutely! Now I also want to reread this book, and make a concerted effort to be alive in the present moment. Thank you for a wonderful reminder.

  3. I have to say that the quote is thought provoking, I think at this age we look back and wonder how we didn’t savor. I now have times where I stop and savor but if I am stressed. Look out!

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